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Staying up to date with diabetes management literature

May 26, 2015

The other day, I found myself staring at a stack of journals and dreading the inevitable...reading them. Of course, after a few sighs I resigned myself to pick up the first one and started reading. Before I know it, I’m engrossed in the articles. New drugs and technologies are always being developed and as diabetes educators, we have an obligation to our patient population to be abreast of these innovations. The important thing to take into consideration is the sources we read.

I wanted to write about journals some of our new diabetes educators might find helpful. When I was a new CDE, I wasn’t sure which were my “go to" sources, but I have learned to sift out the reliable from the not-so-reliable sources. As Karen mentioned in a recent post, The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management has been an invaluable resource. I use the first edition often and can hardly wait to get the second edition! I feel like a kid at Christmas time.

The Diabetes Educator Journal is a must read journal and is an excellent benefit of being an AADE member. Accessing the Sage journals online is also an invaluable member benefit because members can access multiple journals, which I continue to find helpful since I’m no longer enrolled in school and cannot access the library. AADE in Practice helps me connect with other diabetes educators to find innovative models of practice.

Diabetes Care is a must-access site to keep up to date with the scientific community. Members can access current issues, but anyone can access archived issues. Other journals available from the ADA are Diabetes, Clinical Diabetes, and Spectrum. Each journal has a different purpose.

Now having mentioned the available resources, no wonder I feel a little overwhelmed, but I have made a routine to read them on a Sunday morning while enjoying a cup of coffee. Throughout the years, I have learned that I don’t have to read all the articles but instead focus on what’s important in my practice.

Which credible journals do you use or recommend to others?

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