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Diabetes is a serious disease, yet people with diabetes can live long, healthy, happy lives. Take control of your healthy by obtaining accurate, up-to-date information regarding diabetes management. Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is committed to helping our patients prevent or control their diabetes. Our comprehensive program offers a variety of services for patients with diabetes.

Classes and individual consults are provided by Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE). The CDE is a specialized healthcare professional who is uniquely qualified to educate those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or those who are at risk of developing diabetes. A diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming; and can leave patients feeling powerless over their health and life. Although it is true that managing diabetes can be complicated and time consuming, diabetes education helps individuals understand their disease and start taking steps to successfully managing it.

The Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a specialized healthcare professional who is uniquely qualified to educate those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or those who are at risk of developing diabetes. The CDE is either a physician, registered nurse or registered dietitian who has further specialized in diabetes education and care management. Formal education and years of practical experience are required, in addition to a formal examination, before a diabetes educator is certified. Certification is awarded by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. In order to maintain the CDE credential, 75 hours of continuing education (specific to diabetes) are required every five years.

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