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Diabetics and Their Caregivers

Are you caring for a diabetic patient?  Or do you have diabetes yourself? Or, perhaps you are worried that you might have diabetes? My Health Advisor at the website of the American Diabetes Association may be just the help diabetics and their caregivers are seeking.

My Health Advisor is an online health advisory and information interactive questionnaire at the American Diabetes Association website.  When you enter the answers to various health questions, such as your weight, your blood pressure readings, your cholesterol level, the time spent in weekly exercise and a health history, the Advisor then calculates your risk of diabetes and heart conditions. The Advisor then gives you action plans to help you improve those numbers and decrease your risk.  See My Health Advisor on the website of the American Diabetes Association.

Find a Certified Diabetes Educator

In addition, diabetes patients and their caregivers are able to get information and advice from a certified diabetes educator at a doctor’s office, or the local hospital, clinic, or medical school.  A certified diabetes educator is a nurse, dietician, pharmacist, or physical or occupational therapist who has had training and experience in assisting patients to manage their diabetes. They also work with parents and caregivers to help them understand, and assist the patient in the management of pre-diabetes and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

A  Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) can advise about glucose monitoring, diet, exercise, and how the patient can manage daily life with diabetes themselves. A CDE can help caregivers learn reliable facts about diabetes, its causes, and a proper diet for a patient, those things which often worry those who are caring for a diabetic patient.  Don’t worry or argue about what the patient can or can’t eat! Take time to learn from a diabetes educator how to manage a diet that will help manage diabetes.

You can find a Certified Diabetes Educator in your area at the website of the American Association of Diabetes Educators:

We hope you will find these resources helpful!

Updated on 12/28/20 for clarity and content.