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Why Do I Need to See a Diabetes Educator?

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  • 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. - 9/8/2016 3:09:45 PM
  • 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! - 6/10/2016 5:36:02 PM
  • 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. - 4/26/2016 12:45:21 PM
  • 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. - 4/22/2016 9:53:49 AM
  • I would love to learn about carbs and counting them.
    - 4/11/2016 2:35:05 PM
  • I drastically cut the number of carbs I've been eating and upped my protein intake. It has helped bring my blood sugars back to nearly normal. - 3/21/2016 2:10:39 PM
  • I was referred to a diabetes ed class which was for several weeks...I learned a only concern was that the dietitician put me on a diet that included more carbs than I would ever eat on a daily basis pre diagnosis...I cut the recommendation to less than half which is a better fit for me...the class was well worth the invested time - 1/31/2016 8:56:42 AM
  • insurance - medicaid / medicare did not cover her ... and the reg diatisions ( spell ?) promote carbs .. they do make my BS too high - 12/4/2015 10:18:58 AM
    I too thought sugar was the enemy. Now that I know it is counting carbs that somehow makes it easier. Plus I don't have to give up my major vice, diet coke! I can do this! - 9/8/2015 11:25:29 AM
  • So far, this diabetes challenge has already taught me something. I thought that eating a lot of sugar contributed to diabetes. LOL An eye opener that eating excessive sugar does not contribute to diabetes. LOL

    So, hate to say it but I binged on a package of cookies to celebrate. Today I am back on the low-carb path and glad to be. - 9/5/2015 10:52:55 PM
  • I agree with JMCKAYS. Although I don't live in the US and medical referral etc. is covered here in Canada, I also know that help from dietitians is available at many of our larger grocery stores and drugstores. Many of these are specifically trained in managing diabetes and if not they are more than happy to refer you to one in your area who is. Never just give up; call every resource or agency listed in the phone book or on gov't web-sites. As citizens of any forward country we have a right to appropriate medical assistance regardless of our personal situation; BUT we have to be the squeaky wheel sometimes.
    - 11/15/2014 6:24:10 AM
    @Annavanz ... seriously? Give me a break... you obviously didnt look very hard before you declared that there were no resources for those unemployed... did you bother contacting your local hospitals, rite aid, CVS, walgreens, ...your grocery store? (The major grocery chainn in my area has certified dieticians and at least one diabetic educator on staff for customers to access free of charge!) - 11/13/2014 9:48:54 AM
  • Well, that's a great idea - unfortunately, those of us without insurance or jobs are out of luck. Just like the rest of the for-profit medical industry in this country, it's only for those with resources. No one has anything to offer the unemployed, and I'm unemployed through no fault of my own (because of Congress). This article assumes that everyone has those resources. How about some info on how diabetics with no insurance can get some help?!! - 11/14/2013 10:25:56 AM
  • I was diagnosed with Type 2 two years ago and was so blessed to be immediately connected to a knowledgeable diabetes educator, as well as to be able to maintain non-diabetic numbers through diet and exercise. I humbly offer two things that are important for us to know. (1) It's not just about sugar, it's about ALL carbs (bread, potatoes, pasta, even whole-grain food items). Digestion of carbs begins the moment they enter our mouth, when saliva starts breaking them down into sugar. Many people do not understand that a plate of mashed potatoes has about the same effect on our blood glucose as a serving of table sugar. So please do not be mislead into believing that "sugar-free" means "diabetic-friendly." Sometimes the "sugar-free" has more carbs than the original, making it decidedly diabetes un-friendly! (2) Many dieticians (including DEs) believe that taking in of a consistent number of carbs throughout the day (e.g., 30 at lunch every day, a certain number at breakfast every day, etc.) is the best way to control blood sugar, and many believe that 120 carbs per day is a "low carb" solution. This may work for some people. But I have found that for me, the best way to maintain control is through a much lower carb diet, fewer than 50 carbs per day. I know from reading the Living With Type 2 message boards on the American Diabetes Association that many others have found success this way. In short, with all due respect to USDA and ADA, the number of carbs recommended by USDA and ADA diets is way to high for a lot of us. Regardless of what works for each one of us, best wishes for success to all!!! - 11/14/2013 7:13:33 AM
  • You have to be careful. They sent me to the diabetic doctor and they told me I was going to be a diabetic the rest of my life. Not true. My heavenly father prove them wrong. I been free for 11 years. - 7/29/2013 7:04:00 AM

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