November 05, 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Today is National Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Day. The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is encouraging all Canadians living with diabetes to celebrate the day by sharing a positive story of how a CDE has impacted their lives.

Diabetes Educators are an integral part of the health-care team for a person living with diabetes. They help people with diabetes to effectively manage their disease by providing education and support. CDEs teach specific skills in areas such as monitoring and managing blood glucose (sugar) levels, physical activity and the best way to manage medications including insulin. Diabetes Educator Day provides an opportunity for Canadians living with diabetes to recognize the unique role educators play in delivering diabetes management and support to their lives.

“Diabetes Educators go above and beyond to promote evidence-based knowledge and tools to the people living with diabetes. Our patients are often complex and living with not only diabetes but with other chronic conditions that make self-management a challenge at the best of times,” says Shelley Jones, CDE in New Brunswick.

Whether they are working directly with patients or advising health-care providers, diabetes educators play an integral role in the education, care and support of those with diabetes.

Those wishing to share their story and celebrate their CDE can visit the CDA facebook page and leave a message.

About the CDA

More than nine million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes, and the CDA is the registered charity that helps them manage their disease as effectively as possible while also seeking to help Canadians in preventing or delaying the development of type 2 diabetes. The CDA:
  • offers a wide array of support services to members of the public;
  • offers resources to health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • advocates to governments, schools, workplaces and others on behalf of people with diabetes; and,
  • funds research on better treatments and to find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464). 

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Media Contact:

Krista Lamb
Manager, Communication
Canadian Diabetes Association
Office: 416-408-7088
Mobile: 416-432-1266
krista.lamb@diabetes.ca