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Diabetes education is a crucial part of a treatment plan. Diabetes education focuses on ways to incorporate disease management principles into the individual's daily life and minimize dependence on the health care provider.
Diabetes educators have identified three levels of diabetes education: 1) basic disease management including basic "survival skills," 2) home management, and 3) improvement of lifestyle.
A diabetes nurse-educator can serve as an excellent resource for information on diabetes. These diabetes educators should carry the title "Certified Diabetes Educator" (CDE) indicating that they have received board certification. Often, the diabetes educator can help you develop a management plan based on your age, work/school schedule, activity level, and usual eating patterns.
Some medical centers provide specific Diabetes Clinics that specialize in management of patients with diabetes. These clinics often combine the resources of several experts in diabetes management, including a physician who specializes in the care of people with diabetes, a diabetes nurse practitioner, a certified diabetes educator, a registered dietitian, and a social worker. These clinics also are a good source of information for the diabetic patient.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation offer several pamphlets and brochures about diabetes. For information on educational programs and/or seminars, contact your local chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Dietetic Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, your local health department, or the hospitals and medical centers in your area.
Refer to DIABETES SUPPORT GROUPS for a list of several educational and supportive resources.
Update Date: 2/12/2004Sreeni Jonnalagadda, M.D., Interventional and Pancreatobiliary Endoscopy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Newtork.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT