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The Framework for Optimal Self-Management

AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors

A person-centered approach to diabetes, prediabetes and cardiometabolic care means acknowledging the whole person in the context of their life and relationships. The ADCES7- healthy coping, healthy eating, being active, taking medication, monitoring, reducing risk, problem solving- form the framework for diabetes care and education specialists to partner with people with diabetes, prediabetes and cardiometabolic conditions to support informed decision making. By using these behaviors as a foundation for your practice, you can go beyond education, to partner on successful behavior change that is outcomes-driven using person-centered, self-determined goals. 

An Effective Model of Diabetes Care and Education: Revising the ADCES7 Self-Care BehaviorsTM

Technology advances in science and management continue to shape diabetes, prediabetes and cardiometabolic care. The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists evaluated the ADCES7, to update the behaviors in the context of a shifting digital and dynamic healthcare landscape.

Key points addressed in this paper:

  1. Based on additional research and practice, diabetes self-management education and support has evolved beyond knowledge and behavior change to focus on quality of life and person-centered approach to management, education and care.
  2. Diabetes care and education specialists can provide the element of human touch to identify appropriate candidates and tools, provide training, and facilitate the ongoing use of technology and the information they offer.
  3. The 7 self-care behaviors overlap in nature, specifically the knowledge and skills to master them, the barriers associated with their mastery, and associated outcomes.
  4. Because healthy coping must begin before learning can occur, this behavior is centrally located at the core of the updated image representing the ADCES7 to symbolize its significance in sustainable diabetes self-management.
  5. The ADCES7 provide a practical model that informs decision making among individuals living with diabetes and related conditions and the members of their healthcare team in their shared drive for improved health and quality of life.


The Huddle: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team

The Huddle is available on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher. Listen to previous episodes of The Huddle.


Resources for People with Diabetes

ADCES has developed a new video to help your clients and collaborators understand the ADCES7 Self-Care Behaviors™ framework. This video is also available in Spanish.

Help your clients understand each behavior and how it affects their self-management. Download and print these handouts for your practice or share them with clients online. For additional information, visit DiabetesEducator.org/BehaviorChange.


Healthy Coping

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 Healthy Eating

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Being Active 

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Taking Medication

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Monitoring 

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Problem Solving

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Reducing Risks 

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