Diabetes affects all aspects of a person’s life and those living with diabetes know all too well the challenges of managing this condition. Individuals with diabetes must have knowledge of a wide range of topics including healthy eating, physical activity, coping skills, medication management and reducing the risk of complications.
While there isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, there are steps you can take to manage your diabetes and sustain a good quality of life. These include developing healthy lifestyle habits, taking medicine as prescribed, getting diabetes self-management education and support, and going to appointments with your health care team which should include a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).
What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist or CDCES?
A CDCES is a health care professional with specialized and comprehensive knowledge in the management of diabetes, pre-diabetes and diabetes prevention. They have gone through extensive training and have passed a rigorous exam to demonstrate they have the skills to educate patients and support them in managing their diabetes.
A CDCES is a member of your healthcare team that makes managing your diabetes easier. A CDCES can help you develop a plan to stay healthy and provide you with the tools and ongoing support needed maintain that lifestyle.
InBalance Diabetes Education Program
No matter your age or type of diabetes, you’ll benefit from one-on-one counseling and instruction through Owensboro Health’s InBalance Diabetes Education Program. Ask your doctor for a referral to this program, which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting national standards of care.
Diabetes by the Numbers
- 30.3 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it.
- Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US.
- Diabetes is the number 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness.
- In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.