Diabetes educators are licensed healthcare professionals–registered nurses, registered dietitians , pharmacists, physicians, mental health professionals, podiatrists, optometrists, and exercise physiologists among others–who specialize in educating people with diabetes about their condition.
Many professionals who provide these services also carry the designation Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). There are a variety of accredited diabetes education programs that offer services in community-based settings, such as hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. Diabetes educators collaborate with physicians to help empower patients to modify lifestyle and adopt healthy self-care behaviors.
-Training patients and caregivers to use diabetes devices, such as blood glucose meters, insulin pens, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.
Teaching patients problem- solving strategies and skills to self-manage their diabetes.
-Motivating patients to set and achieve behavior-change goals.
-Providing nutrition education including diabetes meal- planning, weight loss strategies and other disease-specific nutrition counseling.
-Educating patients on techniques for risk reduction of acute and chronic complications.
Diabetes Educators provide their services in hospitals, physician offices, outpatient settings, pharmacies, managed care organizations, home health care agencies, local community and other settings.