Credentialled Diabetes Educator
All about the CDE role
The Benalla Community Health Diabetes Education Service is committed to providing excellent care for people with diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes in Benalla and surrounding communities.
Diabetes Education is a crucial part of any Diabetes Management Plan. Credentialled Diabetes Educators or CDEs support medical practitioners to manage people with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes by providing education on how best to manage diabetes and promote self management of their condition
The Benalla Community Health Diabetes Team consists of credentialled Diabetes Educators and Accredited Practising Dietitians. People can see a Credentialled Diabetes Educator or a dietitian in a one to one session. Appointments are also available to see the Credentialled Diabetes Educator and dietitian in a joint session.
A ‘Diabetes Information and Support Group’ is conducted four times a year. It provides a supportive environment and is an excellent way for people with diabetes or their family, carers and friends to meet other people with diabetes and to learn from each other.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Managing Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes can sometimes initially be managed through lifestyle modification including a healthy diet and regular exercise.
However, as the disease progresses, people with type 2 diabetes are often prescribed tablets to control their blood glucose levels. These tablets are intended to be used in conjunction with healthy eating and regular physical activity, not as a substitute. Diabetes tablets are not an oral form of insulin and they require insulin to be present in the body to be effective.
Eventually it may be necessary to start taking insulin to control blood glucose levels, when your body is no longer producing enough insulin of its own. Sometimes tablets may be continued in addition to insulin.
The aim of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose levels as close to ‘normal' as possible, as this will help prevent both short-term and long-term complications.
The latest RACGP and Diabetes Australia Guidelines (2016-2018) (http://www.racgp.org.au) state that:
- Fasting BGLs range 6-8mmol/L
- 2 hrs post prandial or post meals are 8-10mmol/L
Regular blood glucose monitoring is necessary to see if the treatment being followed is adequately controlling blood glucose levels.
No matter which medication or management plan your doctor prescribes, make sure you follow their instructions. The pattern and frequency will depend on the individual, the tables and your circumstances.
More information can be found here.