The Diabetes Prescription

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What skills do I need in order to treat diabetes?

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and you have never met with a certified diabetes educator (CDE) you need to go ahead and schedule an appointment with one. CDEs have extensive training in how to teach people how to treat their diabetes. The diabetes prescription focuses on nutrition, but there are 6 other skills to learn in the long term. Read more about diabetes education here (CDC) and here (AADE).

To start treating diabetes, you need 4 basic skills:
1. How to read food labels (link goes to a video on the ADA website)
2. How to measure the amount of a serving
3. Know the difference between carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
4. How perform basic cooking skills

To fully treat diabetes, you eventually need to master 2 more complex skills:
5. How to counting and restrict carbohydrate intake
6. How to make a meal plan

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