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Connect With a Certified Diabetes Educator*

Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are diabetes educators who have been certified by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).1 These educators are healthcare professionals—often Nurse Practitioners—who provide education, guidance, and support to patients on all aspects of diabetes self-management.2

CDEs support your efforts to help direct patients on how to take medications and educate them on recognizing complications, planning healthy meals, and incorporating physical activity into their schedules. These educators take into account each patient’s level of knowledge and health literacy, cultural beliefs and practices, physical and cognitive limitations, psychosocial needs, financial status, and available support systems in order to identify potential challenges to self-management and help the patient find solutions to overcome these challenges.

Connect to a CDE for support. If you are not a diabetes educator or your practice does not have a diabetes educator on staff, it is important to have a referral process in place so that patients receive consistent education and support. If you do not already have a relationship with a local CDE for patient referrals, you can get started by visiting the CDE HELP Team, which includes more than 60 CDEs located across the US. You can also use the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ CDE locator tool to find a CDE in your area.


  1. National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators Web site. What is a CDE? http://www.ncbde.org/certification_info/what-is-a-cde/. Accessed September 9, 2015.
  2. Powers MA, Bardsley J, Cypress M, et al. Diabetes self-management education and support in type 2 diabetes: a joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Diatetics. Diabetes Care. 2015;38(7):1372-1382.

* “Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or NCBDE. NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.