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The Benefits of Diabetes Education

Diabetes education pays off. But fewer than 60 percent of people with diabetes have had any formal diabetes education. Healthy People 2020 has made increasing that number a priority. That’s because research shows people who have received diabetes education are more likely to:

  • Use primary care and preventive services
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Control their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Have lower health costs
Diabetes self-management training is a benefit covered by Medicare and most health plans when provided by a diabetes care and education specialist within an accredited/recognized program.
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