Diabetes educators are medical practitioners who are specially trained to help persons with diabetes in the management of their disease. These can include but not limited to nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, or doctors. In addition to their initial training, diabetes educators undergo theoretical and practical training in behavior change, nutrition, safe exercise, stress management, hospital care, and medication management of persons with type 1, type 2, and Gestational diabetes.
At the end of the training, diabetes educators must take a qualifying exam that targets every aspect of the training and must show overall competence before being certified as diabetes educators. They must pass an exam to become a certified diabetes educator, and they must renew their licenses. This helps make sure that they stay up-to-date on the latest findings and breakthroughs. Because of this, diabetes educators are in the best position above any other member of the health care team to lead out in the management of diabetes in the multidisciplinary team setting.
Diabetes Education and Counseling are very effective in helping individuals with diabetes. Take, for example, it helps you keep good blood sugar levels. There’s research to suggest that diabetes Self-Management education, led by diabetes educators can lower your risk of complications like nerve and kidney damage, which helps you avoid dialysis (kidney support) and gives you a better quality of life. Knowing what’s going on with your body also helps you feel more in control of your health.
The following are reasons why it would be beneficial for you to see a diabetes educator if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
Therefore management will be geared toward meeting the immediate and long-term needs that are identified and not only on the fact that your blood sugar is high or low. Your diabetes educator will help you learn to take in stride all the things in your day-to-day life that can help control the disease — like exercise, nutrition, medications, and checking your blood sugar. They may also work with your family so they understand your needs better and can be there to support you. Below are other factors to note.
In a nutshell, the diabetes educator work with you to create a management plan for diabetes that fits into your schedule and your circumstance, making it easier for you to stick to the plan and achieve the goals set for you.
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