Cheat Sheets Now on CDCES Coach App | Free Resource Friday

Our new Diabetes Cheat Sheets are available on our CDCES Coach app!

We know how helpful these resources are for busy diabetes educations specialists so we wanted to make accessing them even easier!

If you don’t have it already, you can download our free CDCES Coach app and view or print the Cheat Sheets directly from the app.

These sheets and cards include information to study for certification exams and to use in your clinical setting. Plus, we have included teaching sheets for people with diabetes.


Studying for the CDCES Exam?
Join us for our free Preparing for the CDCES Exam Webinar on October 1st at 11:30 am

FREE webinar, October 1, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for the 2020 exam?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.
  • We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

“Making a Difference” Online Scholarship Due Sept. 10th

Attention Diabetes Advocates. This pandemic can stop us from offering our annual Diabetes Ed Conference, but it can’t stop us from offering our “Making a Difference” Scholarship!

We are awarding TWO Online Scholarships for our DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Online Prep Bundle, worth 44 CEs and valued at $429. Apply today!

We love recognizing and rewarding diabetes advocates who are making a difference in their community. In particular, we are looking for applicants who might be facing financial hardships and are working toward certification (CDCES). In light of the recognition of health disparities in our communities, we are seeking to award health care professionals who are making a difference through their daily actions, volunteer activities and advocacy work.

Coach Beverly chose her favorite (and most comprehensive) online course package, DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Online Prep Bundle, as our Scholarship Award.

This online course bundle is perfect for ambitious health care professionals who are working toward becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). The scholarship includes enrollment in the Deluxe Bundle for one year.

Two Scholarship recipients will be awarded FREE enrollment in the DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Prep Bundle.

The application is due September 10, 2020, so apply TODAY! (see application below)

Deluxe Prep Online Bundle Includes:

  • Level 1 – Diabetes Fundamentals
  • Level 2 – Standards of Care 
  • Level 3 – Boot Camp (Live stream starts Sept 16, 2020)
  • Test Taking Toolkit – over 220 practice questions!
  • Technology Toolkit – Insulin pumps, sensors, and calculations, oh my!
  • Bonus Course: Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter 

The goal of this Online “Making a Difference” Scholarship is three-fold:

  1. To recognize U.S. health care professionals who are making a difference in their community; and
  2. To support applicants’ effort to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and
  3. To provide financial assistance with the DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Online Prep Bundle

If you are passionate about diabetes education, actively involved in advocating for diabetes care, and ready to participate in our Online University Courses, you are invited to apply for a complimentary online registration scholarship. Please download and complete the application below.


Scholarship Application:

We are excited to offer the “Making a Difference” scholarship that covers the cost of online course registration (valued at $429). Applicants must currently reside within the United States.  If you are interested, please download and complete the scholarship application below.

Scholarship Application – Due September 10th, 2020 for the Deluxe Prep Online Bundle

Click here to download the Scholarship Application.


Our very first Scholarship recipient, Susan Stauffer, with her teenage son who has Type 1 Diabetes. “He is my inspiration.”

2019 Sacramento Recipient

Cheryl Woolf is a recipient of our “Making a Difference Scholarship” for so many reasons! We honor Cheryl for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer and her fierce advocacy efforts for people with diabetes in her community. Cheryl works with Cities Changing Diabetes, to help bring resources to those living with diabetes in the Houston area, including developing an online learning center for healthcare professionals and people with diabetes.

She also volunteers weekly at a 7-acre urban farm to help combat the food desert in a community with high rates of diabetes and hypertension. Cheryl’s commitment to not only make resources available but to also advocate for empathy and compassion towards people with diabetes makes her an excellent recipient!


2019 Sacramento Recipient

Anna Wren is also one of our scholarship recipients for her dedication in providing care to anyone with diabetes. Located in rural Idaho, Anna is the sole instructor that provides multiple free events in three different counties through support, education, healthy cooking, medication options, and fun activities.

She also provides free education to local schools to help children and teens. Anna is passionate about providing resources and keeping costs down for people with diabetes. Thank you for all you do!


Carmel 2015 Recipient

Betsy Swinny is an RN at Baptist Health Systems in San Antonio, Texas.  She currently works in critical care and has managed the acute complications of diabetes.  She also volunteers her time at a variety of community events sponsored by the Baptist Health System, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Antonio Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.  Two of her most important patients and her inspiration, are her husband and son who both have type 1 diabetes.  Betsy is committed to helping patients with diabetes as well as pre-diabetic patients.  Betsy is committed to improving the health and well-being of patients with type 1 and types 2 diabetes.  Congratulations Betsy!


Our Summer 2020 Boot Camp begins September 16th!

In each webinar, either Coach Beverly, Dr. Isaacs, or Ms. Armstrong, highlight the critical content of each topic area, so you can focus your study time most efficiently. They also launch multiple poll questions to help participants focus on key concepts and assess their knowledge while learning the best test-taking strategies. 

2020 Boot Camp Live Stream Webinar Schedule with Coach Beverly

All courses air at 11:30 a.m. (PST)

  1. Diabetes – Not Just Hyperglycemia | Sept 16
  2. ADA Standards of Care | Sept 23
  3. Insulin Therapy – From Basal/Bolus to Pattern Management | Sept 30
  4. Insulin Intensive – Monitoring, Sick Days, Lower Extremities | Oct 7
  5. Meds for Type 2 | Oct 14
  6. Exercise and Preventing Microvascular Complications | Oct 21
  7. Coping & Behavior Change | Oct 28
  8. “The Big Finish” Test Taking Boot Camp | Nov 4

Can’t make it live?
No worries! All video presentations and podcasts will be available now on-demand.


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Disaster Preparedness and Diabetes

As we enter fire and storm season, it’s always a good idea to think ahead and be prepared for disaster. In addition to the items listed below, make sure to pack hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks due to the current pandemic. Also, bring your own pillow and bedding in case you need to spend time in a shelter.

For any emergency scenario, it’s important to have an emergency preparedness plan. For people living with diabetes, a “diabetes kit” is an important part of emergency preparedness. Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC) has put together great resources to help people with diabetes be prepared so that no one is caught unaware without medication.

DDRC’s Diabetes Kit checklist includes needed supplies, but more importantly, information that should be written down and kept in a waterproof container for emergency situations where a health care provider could find it and make informed emergency treatment decisions.

Download, Share and Personalize this Emergency Checklist

Emergency Evacuation-Items to Gather for People with Diabetes
We thought this list was a helpful way to prioritize what items to grab given different time frame limitations. We found it online, and customized it for people with diabetes. It is available in Word or PDF. Thank you for sharing with your colleagues and community.

1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) is an excellent referral resource for people with diabetes to call toll free for updates on accessing medical support during an emergency.


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Setting Up a Successful Diabetes Program | FREE Webinar

Join live August 26th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (PST)

Watch for Free or 1.5 CEs | $29.00

This program provides you with a succinct overview of the latest standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Support Programs. It also provides insights into the exam philosophy and also highlights critical content areas.

Topics include:

  • Describe steps involved in setting up a DSMES Program
  • List DSMES program essentials
  • Discuss marketing strategies for success

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES or BC-ADM or for those seeking a Standards update.


We are now offering the option to join the Level 2 Webinars live stream for free!

“Excellent as usual! Love Bev’s passion and energy. Thank you for all you do, I appreciate you plenty!! You guys are the absolute best as offering individuals that are not in need of CEs the opportunity to benefit by listening to the content without financial strain is huge, especially during these unprecedented times of furlough/layoff. Thank you and stay well”

Free viewing without CEs – This option is available for those who want to join the live stream of the Level 2 webinars(s), but don’t need CEs. More info here.

Need CEs? You can purchase the course, which includes the live stream webinar, recorded on-demand videos, podcasts, handouts, and additional resources. Register here.

Watch for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Dietary Supplements Cheat Sheet | Safety Rating for people with diabetes

Many people with diabetes seek out natural remedies to improve blood glucose and lipid levels. Supplements can be costly and are not reviewed for efficacy and safety by the Food and Drug Administration.

As diabetes specialist, we want to provide our clients with evidence-based information regarding supplement use so we can make recommendations and assist our clients with informed decision making.

Evaluation Chart of Supplements for Glucose and Lipids

To download this Supplement Safety Rating Chart, click here to view a detailed evaluation chart of “Recommended” to “Not Recommended – High Risk” supplements. Thank you, Cleveland Clinic, for creating an evidence-based review that we can share with our community!

Download Supplement Safety Ratings Cheat Sheet Here

To learn more about the latest in diabetes and nutrition, you are invited to purchase our Virtual Medical Nutrition Therapy Presentation and Earn 4.0 CEs Get ready to be “awed” by a nationally recognized nutrition expert, Dana Armstrong, as she provides a insightful review of the latest research and findings in diabetes and nutrition therapy.


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Disparities in Diabetes Summer Camp Participation

Summer camps can offer many benefits for children living with diabetes.

However, according to a recent study, Black and Hispanic children are often underrepresented at summer camps.

“Racial disparities exist in many aspects of diabetes care and outcomes, including diabetes camp attendance. Therefore, we need to identify what the barriers are and address them to make camp attendance more inclusive,” Risa M. Wolf, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine, told Healio.

To look more into these disparities, Wolf and colleagues evaluated the 2018 summer camp registrations of 48 different ADA summer camp programs. From these registrations, they evaluated the “racial and ethnic makeup, continuous glucose monitor usage, insulin delivery technique, camp type, and financial aid requirements.”

Their Findings

  • 83.7% of the 5,256 campers were white.
  • Day camps vs. residential camps: 31.9% of Hispanic children, 23.3% of Black children, and 20% of white children attended day camps vs. residential camps.
  • Financial aid: 65.6% of Black children, 48.1% of Hispanic children, and 24.3% of white children applied for financial aid to attend the camp.
  • Pump Insulin Delivery: 76.4% of white children, 60.3% of Hispanic children, and 39.1% of Black children used a pump for insulin delivery.
  • CGM Insulin Delivery: 61% of white children, 46.1% of Hispanic children, and 23.4% of Black children used CGMs for insulin delivery. 

From this analysis, we see much more representation of white children in summer camps. White children are also less likely to need financial assistance to attend summer camps and overall, they have more access to pumps and CGMs for insulin delivery, which is often more accessible to people from higher socioeconomic backgrounds (read more from the ADA 2020 Standards of Care here).

It’s important to notice these disparities in summer camp programs, so we can begin to address them. For many children, summer camp is a great opportunity for making connections, staying active, and offering continuous learning throughout the months they’re not in school.

To begin addressing these disparities, last year the ADA created a summer camp in Baltimore that had lower registration costs. This resulted in 31% of underrepresented youth in attendance (a 14.7% increase). While this year, due to COVID, the ADA is offering a virtual summer camp, known as Imagine Camp, which is free to join (click here to learn more).

Additionally, DiabetesEd Services will be developing a program where we sponsor underrepresented kids to cover the fees for future summer camps.

To read more click here for the Helio article and click here for the study.


Want to learn more about children living with diabetes? Join our upcoming Tots to Teens Standards of Care webinar!

From Tots to Teens Standards 2020
Join Live Stream July 15th at 11:30 am (PST)
1.5 CEs | $29.00 or No CEsFree

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES or BC-ADM or for those seeking an update.

Coach Beverly is extending a special invitation to join this webinar on the latest standards for toddlers to teens living with diabetes.

This course includes updated goals and guidelines for children living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

This webinar will address:

  • special issues to be aware of when working with children with diabetes and their families. 
  • clinical presentation of diabetes
  • goals of care, management strategies

Register for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Question of the Week | July 7, 2020

AR is 16 years old and is struggling with weight.  AR was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and has met with the dietitian and diabetes specialist.  In spite of eating healthier and a 3% weight loss, AR’s A1c is increasing and is currently 7.6%. The provider decides to start AR on medication.

Which of the following FDA approved medications should the provider prescribe?

  1. Metformin or SGLT-2 Inhibitor
  2. Basal insulin or sulfonylurea
  3. Liraglutide (Victoza) or Metformin
  4. Basal-bolus insulin

Click here to test your knowledge!


Watch for FREE or purchase to earn CEs!

From Tots to Teens Standards 2020
Join Live Stream July 15th at 11:30 am (PST)
1.5 CEs | $29.00 or No CEsFree

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES or BC-ADM or for those seeking an update.

Coach Beverly is extending a special invitation to join this webinar on the latest standards for toddlers to teens living with diabetes.

This course includes updated goals and guidelines for children living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

This webinar will address:

  • special issues to be aware of when working with children with diabetes and their families. 
  • clinical presentation of diabetes
  • goals of care, management strategies

Register for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

DiabetesEd Top 3 Blog Posts | July 1, 2020

Click here to view our Top 3 Blogs Newsletter

Happy Wednesday Diabetes Community!

We are excited to announce our new feature; Top 3 blog posts of the Month.

Coach Beverly and team are committed to keeping you apprised of the latest findings in diabetes.

We promise to keep this end-of-the-month wrap-up announcement short and sweet while providing links to references so you can dig deeper.

As part of our commitment to sharing information, we are offering FREE webinar viewing of our Level 2 Standards Intensive Series. See upcoming topics and dates below.

Our top 3 blogs this month include the recall of some long-acting metformin brands, Medicare’s $35 monthly cap on insulin starting in 2021, and the rationale for this month’s most popular question of the week.

Happy early July 4th weekend. Please stay safe and take good care.

Coach Beverly

Click here to view our Top 3 Blogs Newsletter


Check out our new bundle!

Level 3 | Boot Camp + Expert Team Bundle
Join us live starting September 16th!

When you join our DiabetesEd Certification Boot Camp, it’s like having your own online coaching staff.

?In each webinar, either Coach Beverly, Dr. Isaacs, or Ms. Armstrong, highlight the critical content of each topic area, so you can focus your study time most efficiently. They also launch multiple poll questions to help participants focus on key concepts and assess their knowledge while learning the best test-taking strategies. 

Mastery of this content is critical to ensure certification exam success and to improve clinical outcomes.

Click here to download Level 3 + Expert Bundle flyer


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

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