YOU CAN THRIVE WITH DIABETES
Do you want to:
__ Improve your blood sugar and A1c levels?
__ Keep your blood pressure on target?
__ Better manage your cholesterol numbers?
__ Save money on diabetes supplies?
Then Diabetes Education can help!
Diabetes education will help you learn how to manage your diabetes and be as healthy as possible by focusing on seven self-care
behaviors: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing risks.
Diabetes Care and Education Specialists are experienced healthcare professionals
– such as registered nurses, registered dietitians or pharmacists – who have special knowledge and skills to help you successfully manage all aspects of your diabetes. Like many people with diabetes, you may find managing the disease is difficult. That’s where a diabetes educator can help, by working with you to design a specific plan that includes the tools and support you need.
Diabetes education works.
Studies show that diabetes education helps people lower their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These things help you stay healthier and reduce the risk of diabetes complications.
The best times for diabetes education are:
- When you’re diagnosed with diabetes
- As part of your annual assessment of education, nutrition or emotional issues
- When new complications aris
- During changes in your healthcare team or treatment
Find a diabetes education program in your area: diabeteseducator.org/find
The Who, What, When, Where, and Why
Many health professionals can help you learn to manage your diabetes, but the one you want to see is the health professional who has taken the extra
step to become certified in diabetes care and education. Take control today—ask your primary care provider for a referral to our Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).
Who are Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?
CDCES are health professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and skill in diabetes self-management education providing at least 1,000 hours
of patient education, passing a rigorous exam, and maintaining this highly respected credential in the health care industry.
What do CDCES do?
A CDCES is your partner. They work with you to develop a plan and provide the tools you need to manage diabetes on a daily basis.
When should I consult a CDCES?
Ask for a referral to a CDCES today and during the transitions of important life stages. Ongoing support from a CDCES helps you take control and build the skills that can help you feel your best.
Where can I find a CDCES?
The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), the organization administering the CDCES program, offers an online CDCES locator service. Visit www.ncbde.org to find a CDCES near you.
Why should I see a CDCES?
Successful diabetes self-management involves knowledge about a broad range of topics such as healthy eating, how to take medication as directed,
fitting in exercise and coping with stress. It’s not easy to gain all of the necessary knowledge alone. With the help of a CDCES, you can learn how to
effectively manage and improve your health.