Diabetes Self-Management Education & Support (DSMES)
Discover how DSMES can deliver lifelong support as you strive to live healthy with diabetes.
What is Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)?
DSMES, also referred to as diabetes education, gives you the knowledge, skills and support to manage your diabetes. It provides you with the foundation to help you navigate your daily self-care with confidence and is provided by a diabetes care and education specialist, an experienced healthcare professional such as a registered nurse, registered dietitian, pharmacist and others who have gone on to specialize in diabetes.
Diabetes care and support is offered through DSMES programs (also called diabetes education programs) which can be found in hospital outpatient centers, clinics, physicians’ offices, pharmacies and wellness centers, to name a few. Many of these programs are accredited by ADCES®, which means the program has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Key Times for DSMES
Anytime is a good time to book an appointment with a diabetes care and education specialist (DCES), but there are a few times in your life when seeing one is extra important:
● When you’re diagnosed with diabetes
● At least once a year or when you’re struggling to meet your care goals
● When new complicating factors arise, such as changes in physical and emotional health or basic survival needs
● During significant life transitions and access to care