How People with Diabetes Benefit from DSMES

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Participation in DSMES is linked to positive changes in health behaviors and improved diabetes-related outcomes. Benefits of DSMES participation include:1

  • Improved hemoglobin A1C levels.
  • Improved management of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Higher rates of medication adherence.
  • Fewer or less-severe diabetes-related complications.
  • Healthier lifestyle behaviors, such as better nutrition, increased physical activity, and use of primary care and preventive services.
  • Enhanced self-efficacy.
  • Decreased health care costs, including fewer hospital admissions and readmissions.