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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the role of a diabetes educator?

    I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by my regular physician. Is it worthwhile seeing a diabetes educator? What are their qualifications and role?
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    Dr Kate Collier

    HealthShare Member

    Yes it is worth seeing a diabetes educator if you can. They are trained to give you specialist support in the management of your diabetes and help you to make the right choices to lead a healthy life. 

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    The diabetes educator is able to help you to manage your diabetes by showing you how to monitor your blood glucose levels, providing you with information on how to eat healthy and manage your condition.

    For more specific advice you should also seek the professional help of an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who can educate you on carbohydrates (what types are best, how much to have, how to spread them out during the day to keep your blood glucose levels stable), how to read food labels to understand how much carbohydrate is in food, help you to achieve stable blood glucose levels and much more. APDs can also help you to achieve a healthy body weight which can assist with controlling blood glucose levels

    APDs will help you to achieve a well balanced healthy diet that will help to prevent against diabetes complications such as eye disease, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease often associated with uncontrolled diabetes.

    You can find an APD close to you by going to and clicking on find an APD.

    Hope this helps and good luck!

  • Inger Wang

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    I'm a Credentialed diabetes educator I work together with 2 endocrinologists. I'm specialized in type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy and sport and diabetes. I … View Profile

    The role of a diabetes educator is to teach the patient to manage their condition, to avoid complications, and to give them the greatest freedom in their everyday life.

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