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13 Foods That Won’t Raise Blood Glucose

Part 1 of 15 A healthy diet is essential to reversing prediabetes. There are no foods, herbs, drinks, or supplements that lower blood sugar. Only medication and exercise can. But there are things you can eat and drink that have a low Glycemic Index (GI). This means these foods won’t raise your blood sugar and may help you avoid a blood sugar spike. In addition to diet changes, staying or becoming active is also important. Learn which foods you can add to your diet plan. You may be able to prevent prediabetes or type 2 diabetes by adding more of these foods, spices, and drinks into your diet. Eat them as healthy alternatives to sugar, high GI carbohydrates, or other treats. Want more info like this? Sign up for our diabetes newsletter and get resources delivered right to your inbox » Part 2 of 15 Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are important components of a healthy blood sugar eating plan. They can improve insulin sensitivity. They can also help increase feelings of satiety, and have a healthy impact on blood pressure and inflammation. MUFAs are a key nutrient in avocados. Studies have shown avocados can lower the risk of metabolic synd Continue reading >>

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  1. Mudwoman

    It is a long road. When I decided this was my goal, the first thing I did was join the AADE. You do not have to be a CDE or Diabetic Educator to join. Joining gives you the opportunity to take some online classes and there is study material for the CDE.
    You must have 1000 hours of teaching to sit for the CDE exam. 400 of those hours can be volunteer hours and in some cases, the NCBDE will allow up to 600 hours.
    You start doing everything you can to learn about what is expected of a CDE and running a Diabetes Education Program. That is why so many jobs require you to have your CDE is that they have a DSME program in place that will require you to know how to keep that program in place. There are standards that must be met in order for insurance companies and Medicare to pay.
    Then look for any type of job that will allow you to do some education. The nurses in Cardiac Rehab at my hospital cover for me on the weekends. They do not have a CDE. But they are getting hours. There is now a nurse from the Endocrinology Clinic that is working on her BSN that is doing some PRN and covering for me during the week. Talk to the Diabetes Educator personally at your local hospitals and clinics to see if there is a way that you could be PRN for them. I do PRN for the Diabetes Educator at the Outpatient Diabetes Education Clinic. But if I'm covering for her, I need coverage for me.
    You can also do some classes sponsored by your local pharmacy or a local church. Keep meticulous records of who attended and what you taught. Find out about your state's Diabetes Advisory Council through the Department of Health. I contacted the Governor of my state about my desire to become a CDE and make a difference. He got me a seat on the Council. That also opened some doors, so that when I did apply for a Diabetes Educator position, even though I did not have my CDE, I was able to show I had been a member of the AADE and knew what was required of an education program, and I was a member of the Diabetes Advisory Council.
    Took me 3 years to get a job in Diabetes Education. Another year to have the hours to sit for my CDE. So, you really have to want this and be willing to learn as much as possible and work at it.

  2. mmc51264, MSN

    I am looking at sitting for my CDE. I have been a floor nurse for 3 year. Any given week, I have a minimum of 2/3 days diabetic pts. Anytime I give insulin I am educating my pt. Over the course of three years, I have more than the required 1000 hours. I have spoken with the NCDBE and I AM qualified to sit. Your educating experience does not need to be exclusive to a diabetes setting.
    I am now looking into studying for the exam.
    If you have been working on a floor for 2 years, and have diabetic pts, you should be qualified to sit. I got my ortho certification. I needed 1000 hours and since I am on an ortho floor, the math works out to be 6 months (working 3-12s a week)

  3. HeatherannC

    I agree with the other respondents that the road to becoming a CDE is a long one and the American Assoociation of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is the best place to start.
    Being a med/surg nurse caring for patients with diabetes will meet the AADE guideline for discipline. However the 1000 hours of DSME is very specific. General nursing care for people with diabetes will not qualify you.
    Here are the qualification requirements that can be found on the AADE website.
    After meeting the Discipline requirement AND before applying for the Examination, both of the following professional requirements must be met in United States or its territories:
    a) Minimum of 2 years (to the day) of professional practice experience in the discipline under which the individual is applying for certification (examples: if an individual applies for certification as a registered nurse, 2 years of experience working/volunteering as a registered nurse is required; if an individual applies as a registered dietitian, 2 years of experience working/volunteering as a registered dietitian is required).
    AND
    b) Minimum of 1000 hours of DSME experience with a minimum of 40% of those hours (400 hours) accrued in the most recent year preceding application. In meeting the hourly requirement*, professional practice experience is defined as responsibilities, within the past 4 years (maximum window), that include the direct provision of DSME, as defined by NCBDE. (See definition of DSME).
    I think you best bet would be, connecting with a CDE and looking for diabetes education pecific job. (It would be very difficult to get you r 1,000 hours in the time limit working part-time or covering for a CDE). Many education centers, including my own in Ocala, FL are looking for educators. These centers are willing to train you and help you get your DSME teaching hours requirement. The expectation is usually that you will sit for your CDE exam within five years of taking the position. HTese educator centers are happy to act as your mentor and bring you into the rewarding world of diabetes education- and WE NEED YOU, if this is your area of interest!
    Please feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.
    Heatherann

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