10 Good Reasons To See A Certified Diabetes Educator

Contributed by: Tami Ross

A Certified Diabetes Educator, or CDE, can provide valuable help when it comes to managing your diabetes.  They work with you to develop a game plan to keep your blood sugar levels under control, and provide ongoing support to make that plan a regular part of your life.

Diabetes educators
can help you manage
your diabetes and the
challenges you face 

A CDE can:

1 Provide tips, resources and support that can make living with diabetes simpler

2Work with you to develop a healthy eating plan

3Create an exercise plan designed to meet your fitness goals

4Show you how to take your medication as prescribed

5Teach you how to check and track your blood sugar levels regularly

6Help you prepare for discussions with your doctor

7Troubleshoot your treatment plan when you run into challenges

8Help reduce the risk of long-term complications

9Develop coping strategies for living with diabetes day to day

10Offer ongoing support and encouragement

Always talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise, or treatment plan.



Experts recommend that people with diabetes see a CDE at least once a year, if not more. Check with your health insurance plan to see if sessions with a CDE are covered.

Tami A. Ross, RD, LD, CDE,* MLDE is a nationally recognized diabetes educator, spokesperson and author of What Do I Eat Now? A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetes Meals on $7 a Day – or Less! Ross is a contributing author for TeamingUP. All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
*“Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.