If you have diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage your disease. Healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your condition, taking medication and reducing your risk for complications are probably part of your daily routine. At times, all of this might seem overwhelming.
As a member of your healthcare team, a diabetes educator makes managing your diabetes easier. They work with you to develop a plan to stay healthy, and give you the tools and ongoing support to make that plan a regular part of your life.
Diabetes education is a recognized part of your diabetes care and is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans when it is offered through an accredited diabetes education program, which has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Two organizations - AADE and the American Diabetes Association - accredit diabetes education programs. Search for an accredited diabetes education program in your area:
AADE Accredited Programs Search
American Diabetes Association Programs Search
Diabetes may not have a cure, but you can control it and live well. Ask your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant about working with a diabetes educator to learn how to better manage your disease, so it doesn’t manage you.