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If you have diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage. You’re expected to eat a healthy and balanced diet, get plenty of physical activity, monitor your blood glucose (sugar) throughout the day, take your medications as prescribed, and do all of this to reduce your risk for complications. At times it might seem overwhelming, but you can thrive with diabetes, and a diabetes care and education specialist can help. 

From Diabetes Educator to Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Words have power. As health care has evolved, the term diabetes educator has not grown with the specialty to reflect all that they do for people with diabetes, prediabetes and cardiometabolic conditions. That’s why ADCES went on a multi-year search to determine what words best describes the specialty and its impact. The new term diabetes care and education specialist will help us better present our value in order to expand diabetes education services to those who can benefit most from them. Learn more about the journey to the new specialty title and association name.

What is a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

As a member of your diabetes care team, a diabetes care and education specialist works with you to develop a management plan that fits your lifestyle, beliefs and culture. They’ll help you understand how to use devices like meters, insulin pens, pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices; and use the information from these devices and your lifestyle to identify patterns and opportunities for improvement. You’ll work together to find solutions to address your most pressing challenges. 

Diabetes education provided by a diabetes care and education specialist can help people with all types of diabetes better manage their blood glucose, develop coping skills to address the daily challenges of the disease, reduce the risks for complications, decrease costs by reducing or eliminating the need for medications and emergency room visits, and help find and access cost-savings programs.  

Medicare and most health insurance plans cover diabetes education when it is offered through an accredited diabetes education program, which has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Search for an accredited diabetes education program in your area.

Diabetes may not have a cure, but you can manage it and live well. Ask your primary care provider about working with a diabetes care and education specialist.

4 Key Times to See a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist  

It’s never a bad time to book an appointment with a diabetes care and education specialist, but there are a few times in your life when seeing one is extra important. 

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