Consultation with a diabetes educator is suggested if the patient is having difficulty adhering to a nutrition and exercise regimen and the patient is having difficulty adhering to, or accurately completing, blood glucose monitoring or may need answers to some questions.
Every primary care physician must develop a relationship with a diabetes education program to provide other options for management. The American Diabetes Association publishes a list of recognized educational programs in each state. These programs may be staffed with endocrinologists or primary care providers plus diabetes educators including dietitians, nurses, and other health care providers who are Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) or have didactic and experiential expertise in diabetes care and education.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...