First, let me start by defining what a diabetes educator is. A certified diabetes educator (aka CDE) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in prediabetes, diabetes prevention and management. The CDE educates and supports people affected (directly and indirectly) by diabetes to understand and better manage the condition.
I am a CDE, but not all CDE’s are Dietitians. Make sure you know which one you are seeing.
The term “diabetes educator” may not completely reflect who we are and what we do. Yes, we provide diabetes education to those affected by the disease, but we do so much more than that. Education is only one branch on the tree of work for a diabetes educator.
How Can a Certified Diabetes Educator Help You?
CDE’s counsel, collaborate, coordinate, and navigate the lifestyle changes that can improve the lives of those that have diabetes. The focus is much broader than just one-on-one counseling.
I personally focus on individualizing care plans and improving your outlook on this disease. Diabetes isn’t WHO you are, but rather a part of you. It does not define you.
My job is to better understand your goals and priorities so that together we can set a plan for success. This leads to better outcomes and an improved quality of life.
I’ve created my education to translate the complex world of diabetes into understandable terms. There is so much to read on the internet these days and you have to be very careful. Don’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar!
The Benefits of Diabetes Education
It’s estimated that fewer than 60 percent of people living with diabetes have had any formal diabetes education. No matter how you look at it, diabetes education pays off big time.
If you or someone close to you has diabetes then you know how challenging it can be to manage the disease. It’s all about healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your blood sugar, stress management, medication management, lab work and frequent doctor visits. At times, all of this can seem overwhelming.
A diabetes educator can help managing your diabetes easier. A diabetes educator will give you the tools and ongoing support that you need to be successful with managing your diabetes and reducing your risks of complications.
Diabetes may not have a cure right now, but it can be managed with lifestyle changes.
You CAN control it and live well.
Send me an email or comment below if you’re interested in working with me – a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. My promise is to help you better manage your diabetes, so it doesn’t manage you!