Joslin Diabetes Center experts answer commonly asked questions about diabetes monitoring, treatment, self-care, meal planning, and more.
Topic: General Concerns
Question: What exactly does a diabetes educator do? Can seeing one help me even if I've been living with type 1 diabetes a long time?
Answer: A diabetes educator can not only help you learn as much as you can about your diabetes, but will also work closely with you and your doctor or healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that will be realistic and effective.
Managing diabetes involves much more than just taking medicine. A treatment plan should also include guidelines for healthful eating, physical activity, and self-monitoring of blood glucose. In addition, you need to know what to do if your blood glucose numbers are too high or too low, what to do if you are sick, and how to prevent complications. The diabetes educator takes the time to get to know you and your diabetes in order to help you understand and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Diabetes educators may have differing backgrounds, but most are nurses, dietitians, or pharmacists. They also may have an added credential called "CDE" (Certified Diabetes Educator) or "BC-ADM" (Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Manager). These professionals often work in hospital outpatient departments.
If you want to look further into working with a diabetes educator, ask your doctor for a referral.
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