Diabetes Self-Management Education

(upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Joan Lunden. Managing diabetes can be
complicated, even confusing especially when you’re first diagnosed. Working with a Certified Diabetes Educator is really the best way to get
the support that you need. Joining us is Christina McGeough, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and Dr. Ann Albright, Director of the CDC’s Division
of Diabetes Translation. You know Ann, it just seems it must be kind of overwhelming to a person to first get that diagnosis, because you really do have
to learn to manage it, right? – It’s critical. It’s like buying a new device, and you need to have some instructions, otherwise you’re flying in the dark. So getting diabetes self-management
education and support is at the heart of good care. – So how do you go about
working with patients? – So my goal with patients is
to meet them where they are. I learned that very young when I started working
in a public hospital. I had 70 year olds. I had 30 year olds. I had people of all ages in one room. Some people didn’t speak English. So I had to speak food because that was a common
language that everyone could get, and I used a lot of visuals. And from there, I really
developed an approach to make people start feeling comfortable with this thing that they didn’t ask for, but that they felt in better control of after a certain number of
classes and workshops with me. – Are you also there to say, “Yeah, we’re gonna figure
out how to manage this “but you’re still gonna be
able to live your life okay?” – Absolutely, you’re still a person. You’re now a person with diabetes. Diabetes is not who you are. – All right, so this is kind
of like the human touch, right? That’s so important? – Yes, diabetes is very personal. There are millions of
people in the country with diabetes and prediabetes. But each with diabetes
has to find their journey and to be as successful as possible in diabetes self-management education is critical to having a enjoyable and full journey with diabetes. – All right, well I thank you both. So if you want to get more information on diabetes self-management education, and find an educator like Christina, log on to cdc.gov/diabetestv. We’ll see you next time. I’m Joan Lunden. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] Sponsored by
NACDD, with support from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov/diabetestv.

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