I have worked for the past 37 years as an RN specializing in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in various settings. During this time, I have had the opportunity to start a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, work as a telephonic Diabetes Educator, become Certified as a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and start my own Diabetes education company.
What I have enjoyed the most is having the privilege of caring for thousands of people living with Diabetes and their families. They have shared their challenges, struggles and frustrations of having this complex disease and its impact on their life and family. What I found to be most surprising was that many who were newly diagnosed or who have been living with Type 2 Diabetes for years didn’t really understand their disease, know how to or have the skills to manage it successfully day to day and never received Diabetes Education or Support Services.
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support provides those living with Diabetes the education, support and tools to make informed self-management decisions to lower their A1c, reduce risks of complications, decrease Diabetes distress and improve over health and quality of life. Education is centered around the individual’s needs, goals, and life experiences, provided in either group or individual settings, via technology and is offered by Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists to include nurses, dieticians and pharmacists. It is covered by most insurance companies.
According the American Diabetes Association (ADA), everyone with Diabetes SHOULD receive Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES). It SHOULD be a routine part of Diabetes Care. The sad reality is DSMES is very underutilized and explains why many of the patients I cared for over the years had uncontrolled blood sugars and Diabetes complications.
If you are living with Diabetes or caring for someone who is, book an appointment with a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Get the education and support you need and deserve! This is especially important when:
- You are newly diagnosed with Diabetes (then annually)
- You are struggling to meet your treatment goals
- You develop a new complication (physical or emotional)
- You have a change in your living situation or care plan
Diabetes Education and Support DOES matter and makes a significance difference in achieving treatment goals and living a long and healthy life with Diabetes.
Scherrie Keating RN, BSN, CDCES, CDC, NDPP Lifestyle Coach, CDP, Certified Ageless Grace Educator
Founder, Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC
Creator, Diabetes Prevention for Life program