Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
By Paula Cerqueira, Dietetic Intern
A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a health care professional that has been licensed by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators because he/she has obtained and demonstrated specialized knowledge in the education of diabetes treatment and self-management.
CDEs come from a variety of healthcare backgrounds including registered dietitians, registered nurses, pharmacists, social workers, or other healthcare professionals. Requirements of becoming a CDE include: recognized diabetes-specific education, years of practical experience, and a formal examination. CDEs are an excellent resource for helping people learn to live well with diabetes.
(Post reviewed by Deb Powers, MS, RD, CDE, LDN; Senior Clinical Nutritionist)