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What is a diabetes educator?

Diabetes educators are healthcare professionals who focus on educating people with, or at risk for, diabetes to achieve behavior change goals. These changes in turn lead to improved health.

A certified diabetes educator (CDE) is a trained healthcare professional who teaches people with diabetes how to manage their condition. They provide training in blood glucose monitoring, medication, meal planning, exercise, and lifestyle changes to help those with diabetes work toward effective self-management.

Certified diabetes educators are most often trained as nurses, dieticians, pharmacists or social workers and have specialized in diabetes education and care management. Before a health professional is certified as a diabetes educator he or she must have at least 1,000 hours of patient education experience with diabetes and pass a formal examination.