Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

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Diabetes care and education specialists are an essential part of any diabetes health care team. They provide evidence-based diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services and help people live well with diabetes. They also can play an important role in helping people prevent type 2 diabetes. CDC has developed a toolkit and training to help you implement DSMES services and resources for working with specific populations.

DSMES Services

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DSMES helps people manage diabetes by teaching practical skills and personalized strategies to improve health outcomes. Diabetes care and education specialists can use CDC resources to help increase access and ensure quality services.

Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes and also increases risk for heart attack and stroke, but it doesn’t have to. Diabetes care and education specialists can help people take steps to reverse prediabetes or slow the onset of type 2 diabetes through the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program.

Page last reviewed: July 13, 2022