What is a Certified Diabetes Educator?

A Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a medical/health care professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, pre-diabetes, and diabetes prevention. The role of a CDE® is to educate and support people affected by diabetes so they can understand and manage the condition. CDEs have passed a rigorous exam to show they have this specialized knowledge.

Diabetes impacts a person at home, work, and school and effects many different areas of their life—diet, lifestyle, health, etc. Successful self-management involves knowledge about a broad range of topics such as nutrition, medication, exercise and coping skills. It’s not easy to gain all of the necessary knowledge without help. This is where your CDE® comes in.

To earn the CDE® credential, an educator must show they understand all of the different aspects related to managing the disease, not just one area. Diabetes self-management education from a CDE® can lead to better control, which makes you feel like yourself again. It can also decrease short and long-term complications that may cause unnecessary pain and suffering.

Since it was first awarded in 1986, the CDE® credential has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education.

What is Diabetes Education?

Diabetes education, also known as diabetes self-management training (DSMT) or diabetes self-management education (DSME), is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify their behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Diabetes education can take place in a group or one-on-one setting as part of a formal (recognized or accredited education program) or informal format.

Find a CDE® near you and start down the path to improved health.