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According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), 9.4% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of diabetes. More than 7 million people live undiagnosed with the condition.

Because of the prevalence of diabetes, the need for endocrinology specialists has grown. Healthcare offices and hospitals are in need of medical professionals who understand proper metabolic disorder treatment. If you’re interested in understanding diabetes to help patients with prevention and management techniques, consider becoming a certified diabetes technician.

In this position, you’re expected to understand and treat type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. You’ll also work alongside endocrinologists to determine prevention and treatment measures for patients. To become a certified diabetes technician, you’ll need to meet specific educational requirements.

Education & Certifications

To become a certified diabetes technician, you’ll want to earn a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) certification. This certification shows that you've mastered the skills needed to provide the direct provision of diabetes self-management education (DSME).

Becoming a CDE opens various opportunities in the chronic disease management field. Having a certification also legitimizes your position and proves your competency as a certified diabetes technician.

When Do I Need to See a Diabetes Technician?

You can work with a diabetes technician to help implement the care plan set forth by your doctor. A diabetes technician is also helpful for understanding day-to-day lifestyle management of your health condition.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, now is a great time to consult with a diabetes technician who can work with you to provide chronic care management. Having a supportive and educated professional at your side will make life with diabetes much less of a hassle.

Are you in need of diabetes treatment help? Looking for a chronic disease doctor to assist with your situation? If so, consulting with a CDE is a must.

If you’re in the Dallas, TX area, you’re in luck! Jun "Cecilia" Zhao, MS, RD, LD, CDE of the Baylor Scott & White MedProvider team is an expert CDE. Cecilia works with our diabetes patients to assist with their needs. From care management to patient education, Cecilia will help you better understand and manage diabetes.

Visit us at 3417 Gaston Avenue, Suite 1000 & 1100, Dallas, TX 75246 to meet Jun "Cecilia" Zhao and to schedule an appointment.