DIABETES EDUCATION

Sunshine Coast and Cooloola Coast

"Diabetes taught me discipline." - Sonia Sotomayer

Credentialled Diabetes Educators are specialists in diabetes. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping people with diabetes self-manage their diabetes effectively and prevent complications. 

A diabetes educator can be the first point of call when you are wanting more information, support and/or motivation in the management of your diabetes and the link between other health professionals. They have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes and can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, an optometrist or podiatrist.

When should I see a diabetes educator?

Credentialled Diabetes Educators, such as our Dietitian Kristie Pieters, can be there with you the entire way through your journey. When you are first diagnosed, Credentialled Diabetes Educators explain what diabetes is and provide individualised advice on how to get your blood glucose levels within the appropriate target range. They will also help you organise tests and screenings for diabetes complications. This will vary depending on your diabetes, your lifestyle and your age. 

Credentialled Diabetes Educators can also help you when your blood glucose levels fluctuate. According to Diabetes Australia, this could be changing when you are feeling stressed or anxious. Lifestyle changes and events like exams, weddings, divorce, somebody close to you dying, can send up blood glucose levels. The main aim of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator is to empower the person that has diabetes to self-manage their diabetes through knowledge, motivation and support.

What is Diabetes Education?

Diabetes education is the cornerstone of diabetes management. Diabetes is unlike other diseases, such as hypertension, where medication alone can often times successfully treat it.  There are a lot of other components to diabetes, such as: the diabetes disease process, physical activity, nutritional management, glucose monitoring, medications and psychological adjustment.

 

Diabetes education makes you more aware of diabetes and what it takes to treat it, whilst also giving you the power to control it.  Diabetes education allows you to better incorporate knowledge into your life and make the necessary changes to improve your lifestyle.

If you, or someone close to you, has been diagnosed with diabetes there is a lot you can do to manage the disease and improve your overall health. Our Dietitian, Kristie Pieters, is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator able to provide specialised advice and care to diabetes patients.

What are the Benefits of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDE's) are specialists in diabetes. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping people with diabetes self-manage their diabetes effectively and prevent complications. 

A CDE can be the first point of call when you are wanting more information, support and/or motivation in the management of your diabetes and the link between other health professionals. They have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes and can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, an optometrist or podiatrist.

When should I see a diabetes educator?

CDE's can be there with you the entire way through your journey. When you are first diagnosed, CDE's explain what diabetes is and provide individualised advice on how to get your blood glucose levels within the appropriate target range. They will also help you organise tests and screenings for diabetes complications. This will vary depending on your diabetes, your lifestyle and your age. 

CDE's can also help you when your blood glucose levels fluctuate. According to Diabetes Australia these could change when you are feeling stressed or anxious. Lifestyle changes and events like exams, weddings, divorce, somebody close to you dying, can send up blood glucose levels. The main aim of a CDE is to empower the person that has diabetes to self-manage their diabetes through knowledge, motivation and support.

Who should see a diabetes educator?

Everyone should see a diabetes educator even people with pre-diabetes. CDE's can provide you with initial information, what can happen in the future and what to look out for if something goes wrong. The frequency of your visits to a diabetes educator will depend on your diabetes and your blood glucose levels. 

  • For people with type 1 diabetes, CDE's can help you manage your medication, meal plans, eye care and looking after your feet. 

  • For people with type 2 diabetes, CDE's can help you prolong needing medication and help you make the transition to medication when the insulin producing cells in your pancreas stop producing insulin. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, we can delay medication via healthy eating, exercise and losing weight but eventually it may be necessary to start medication. Diabetes educators can be there to help you make the transition to medication.

 

CDE's can also help people with less common forms of diabetes like Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA), Gestational Diabetes during Pregnancy and Maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY). 

There is a vast amount of information about diabetes online. Unfortunately not all of it is accurate, so be sure to refer to reputable websites or to your CDE.  Below are some links we believe you can trust and rely on to assist you in understanding and managing this disease in its various forms. 

Diabetes Education Resources Online