What A Diabetes Educator Can Do For You
In your quest for better diabetes management, you may want to consider working with a diabetes educator. What can a diabetes educator do for you?
Plenty. For starters, they can answer all those questions about diabetes, diet, exercise, medications, supplements, and other factors that your doctor does not always have time to address in a comprehensive manner. They are a critical member of your diabetes management team.
What are diabetes educators?
Diabetes educators are licensed healthcare professionals who have been specially trained to understand and teach others about the diverse factors involved in prediabetes, diabetes self-management, and diabetes prevention. If you want to be empowered to live the very best life you can with diabetes, then a diabetes educator is for you.
Diabetes educators typically are pharmacists, registered nurses, registered dietitians, physicians, physical therapists, or others in healthcare who have studied and received one of two certifications: certified diabetes educator (CDE) or board certified-advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM), the more advanced program.
What can you expect from your sessions?
Your interactions with a certified diabetes educator will differ from that of other individuals because every patient is different. However, generally you have an initial face-to-face meeting with the educator for an assessment and basic education with additional one-on-one meetings as needed.
You also will be expected to attend follow-up sessions to evaluate your progress and discuss any challenges you may be facing. In addition, you may be encouraged to attend group classes, which can serve as important forms of support.
How do you find a diabetes educator?
That task just got easier with the launch of a free online resource from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. The service can help you find a CDE in your area for yourself or a family member.
You can make a diabetes educator part of your management team in one of two ways. One, you can ask your healthcare provider for a referral. If your doctor cannot provide any names or you wish to find your own, you can ask your local hospital or clinics.
Another option is to use the National Certified Board of Diabetes Educators CDE locator. Simply enter your zip code or address and you will be provided with a list of certified diabetes educators within your specified range.
Fees charged by certified diabetes educators vary and insurance may pick up some or most of the costs. You need to discuss costs with individual providers and your insurance carrier.
If you have prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, or type 1 diabetes, a certified diabetes educator can be a great source of support, knowledge, and empowerment. I encourage you to explore the possibility of working with a diabetes educator and learn what more can be possible while living with diabetes.
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