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Why Do I Need to See a Diabetes Educator?

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  • good info, thanks
    Im not diabetic but I enjoyed the info...
  • The meeting I had was basically how to test my blood. I really got nothing out of it!
    i attended a class at our local hospital. It was important that the class treated my as a whole person and not just a disease.
  • thank you my spouse is a diabetic
    I found out that knowledge is power over my disease.
  • Thank you, Going to read more, there is so much to learn. Knowledge is freedom.
    I will get my life back. Another journey. 🚶
  • My provider offers classes, not individual consultation. The teacher was good--she has diabetes--but she could not offer individualized information or advice. As I am vegan, the suggested meal plans just didn't work for me. (Vegan protein comes with carbs; nonvegan protein comes with fat; that makes the whole plate look different.)
    I figured it out myself, eventually. Finally just went all the way off sugar. No concentrated sugar, including dried fruits. Limited fresh fruits. Plus five servings of vegetables per day. I also added one egg a day, from pastured hens. I've lost weight, and my A1C is almost normal.
  • I did it their way and gained 100 pounds in a decade. Now I am doing it my way, I researched the heck out of this disease with all the newer information out there and found what works for me. In two weeks my sugars are normal and I am off insulin. Feel the best I ever have and lost weight at the same time. Never feel bad, just spend an hour a day to learn more about what your body needs. It will thank you. (I took biology courses at the college, listened to friends who had success, and watched hours of videos from whole natural doctors, plus hours of medical reports)
    The diabetes educators I've met have handed out the same ineffective SAD that has kept my disease progressing, despite my best efforts. None of them I've met have had diabetes or even been overweight, and they only know what they've read in books. They have no idea what it feels like to follow instructions to the letter and have the disease get worse, and they have no idea what to suggest when their initial advice doesn't work.

    It wasn't until I found keto, seven years after being diagnosed, that I've been able to control and even reverse the track of diabetes.

    I'm not sure why certified nutritionists are recommended for diabetics, when their information and advice is not only wrong, but counter-productive.
  • I went to one & she didn't do a thing for me. She didn't tell me anything about my diet or exercise. She put me on a cholesterol medicine in the morning and it caused my legs to hurt so bad. So I went to my family Dr. and he put me on pravastatin & it never hurt at all. He told me to take it in the evening.
  • My endocrinologist requires all of her patients to take classes to be her patient. The classes were spread over several weeks and lasted half a day. Well worth the time spent, and luckily my insurance covered most of it! There is a lot to know about diabetes; I learn new things all the time.
  • I had a great dietitian at the local ShopRite. They offered that free service. After a year or two, she left to be a diabetes educator at a hospital, her replacement lasted only 2 weeks, and they never hired anybody else. Tanya, come back!
  • I love my diabetes educator but I refuse to go back to the nutritionist they sent me to. I am a little less then 100 lbs over weight and she tried to tell me that I can eat 60 carbs per meal. That is nuts.
  • Meeting with a good Educator can make all the difference. A good Educator will be your coach and cheerleader. I was able to manage my diabetes in just a few months with only diet and exercise by following her advise. My A1c was 9.9 when diagnosed 51/2 years ago. My latest A1c 5.3! It can be done but it takes work and commitment.

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