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Certified diabetes educators are health professionals who have special training to help you manage your diabetes. They may be:
Your diabetes educator will give you tips and help with daily diabetes care. He or she also may teach classes. These classes give you a chance to learn from and connect with others who have diabetes.
Your doctor wants you to get the personal support and help that a diabetes educator can give. Check with your health plan to find out if part or all of the cost is covered.
Learning is a key part of living with diabetes. A diabetes educator teaches about the most important parts of your care. You will learn about:
He or she can help you find ways to live better with diabetes. And your diabetes educator can show you small changes that can make a big difference in your daily routine and your health. If you need to make a big change, he or she will be able to answer your questions and guide you though each step.
It can be helpful to see a diabetes educator at certain points in your care. He or she can:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Adaptation Date: 2/25/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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