Learning About Certified Diabetes Educators

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What is a certified diabetes educator?

Certified diabetes educators are health professionals who have special training to help you manage your diabetes. They may be:

  • Registered nurses.
  • Registered dietitians.
  • Pharmacists.
  • Social workers.
  • Doctors.

Your diabetes educator will give you tips and help with daily diabetes care. They also may teach classes. These classes give you a chance to learn from and connect with others who have diabetes.

Why see a diabetes educator?

Your doctor wants you to get the personal support and help that a diabetes educator can give. And most insurance plans will cover part or all of the cost.

Learning is a key part of living with diabetes. A diabetes educator teaches about the most important parts of your care. You will learn about:

  • Eating healthy meals.
  • Being active.
  • Taking medicine.
  • Checking your blood sugar.
  • Dealing with your feelings about having diabetes.

Your diabetes educator can help you find ways to live better with diabetes. And they can show you small changes that can make a big difference in your daily routine and your health. If you need to make a big change, they will be able to answer your questions and guide you though each step.

When should you see one?

It can be helpful to see a diabetes educator at certain points in your care. He or she can:

  • Get you started when you're first diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Check in once a year for a review of your health and daily routine.
  • Show you how to handle a new health problem along with your diabetes.
  • Help you work with a new health care team.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.