Managing your diabetes care can feel like a full-time job, particularly when you add the necessity of following a diabetic diet and making other lifestyle changes on top of medication management and blood sugar monitoring.

But good self-management of your condition may reduce your risk of diabetes complications. So what should you do? Visit a diabetes educator to help you meet your care plan goals with as little stress as possible.

Who are diabetes educators?

If you choose to see a Certified Diabetes Educator, you will be making an appointment with a person who is trained to help you learn to manage your diabetes as well as possible. These professionals are usually nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, or other members of the healthcare field who have taken a special interest in helping people with diabetes live well.

A Certified Diabetes Educator has undergone training and passed exams that ensure he or she is equipped to help you with the latest knowledge about diabetes, as well as the most effective techniques for self-management.

Why see a diabetes educator?

One benefit of seeing a Certified Diabetes Educator is having someone to talk you through the medical terminology and obligations associated with your condition. While you may know which tests your doctor orders to measure your progress, do you know which tests measure what or why they're being done? Knowledge is the first step to good diabetes care, and a Certified Diabetes Educator can ensure you understand the ins and outs of medications, lab work, blood glucose monitoring, and more before starting a good self-management routine.

Certified Diabetes Educators focus on seven areas of diabetes self-management:

  1. Healthy eating
  2. Being active
  3. Monitoring
  4. Taking medication
  5. Problem-solving
  6. Healthy coping
  7. Reducing risks

Take control of your diabetes and your diagnosis. See a CDE. Diabetes education is a recognized component of diabetes care, and many insurance plans, including Medicare, will cover it, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

For more on meeting with a diabetes educator:

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