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What do diabetes educators actually do?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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In brief: Lots

They are teachers and they teach you what diabetes is so you can understand it and manage it to avoid future complications.
They teach you how to eat, exercise, about the medications, testing blood sugars, giving Insulin if needed, diet, reading labels, shopping, watching your feet, cutting your toenails, eye care. They are a bucket full of knowledge in one place, not one, but usually a team.

In brief: Lots

They are teachers and they teach you what diabetes is so you can understand it and manage it to avoid future complications.
They teach you how to eat, exercise, about the medications, testing blood sugars, giving Insulin if needed, diet, reading labels, shopping, watching your feet, cutting your toenails, eye care. They are a bucket full of knowledge in one place, not one, but usually a team.
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Dr. Philip Kern
A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a special certificate that requires training and experience. These people often have a nursing or dietician background. They are usually very knowledgeable about diabetes. Many are experts on insulin pumps, sensors, and other more high tech aspects of current diabetes management.
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