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Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE

Barbara Walz

Howdy from San Antonio, Texas. My name is Barbara Walz. I am an RN, BSN and have been a certified diabetes educator since 1986. (Wow! That seems like a really long time…I like to tell people I was in a work/study program in Junior High!) Joking aside, I am very fortunate to have worked extensively for the last 25 years in diabetes care and education.

Since 2000, I have coordinated a multi-site diabetes study examining the macro-vascular effects of diabetes at the South Texas Veterans’ Healthcare System under the supervision of Dr. Ralph DeFronzo. Prior to this project, I was a nurse manager and director of a diabetes center, during which time we had many “firsts” in San Antonio - first patient to be placed on an insulin pump, first patient to receive human insulin, and first patient to use an insulin pen. It was a very exciting time!!

I am actively involved with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), where I have held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. I am also active on several sub-committees at the Texas Diabetes Council. In my private life, I have two sons and enjoying “playing” at my lake house.

Recent Posts:

  • How to survive the holiday season

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Nov 12, 2014

    AADE blogger Barbara Walz gives readers some tips on how to stay healthy during the holiday season.

  • Gut Bacteria & Type 2 Diabetes

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Oct 07, 2014

    This week, AADE blogger Barbara Walz reflects on a recent presentation that she witnessed about microbiota and type 2 diabetes, and how it caused her to further investigate the relationship between the two.

  • America's obsession with food

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Sep 03, 2014

    Eating healthy foods can do wonders, but is your food actually healthy? AADE Barbara Walz explains why making good food choices can be challenging for people with diabetes.

  • An update from AADE14

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Aug 07, 2014

    AADE blogger Barbara Walz fills us in on her experiences at AADE14 thus far.

  • What's in store at AADE14

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Jul 15, 2014

    AADE blogger Barbara Walz shares some of the reasons why she is excited for AADE14.

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