February Newsletter- 5 Myths about Exercise, Sitting & Sleep plus Winter Recipes

February – 5 Myths about Exercise, Sitting & Sleep plus Winter Recipes

New ADA Standards recognize food insecurity and its impact on mental wellness

In the first pages of the ADA 2021 Standards, there is important and detailed information addressing population health. This in-depth focus explores the Social Determinants of Health, acknowledging their impact on diabetes self-care and outcomes.

Our feature article, contributed by Bryanna Sabourin, draws our attention to the mental toll associated with food insecurity. People with diabetes are at higher risk of not having enough food to eat due to socioeconomics. This is especially true for single mothers and people of color with diabetes.

 We explore the social impact and provide resources that diabetes specialists can share with those who are experiencing food insecurity and distress.

In addition, I investigate some potential myths around exercise, sitting, and sleep. Are modern humans lazier and more under-slept than our ancestors? Regardless of the data, I’m not ready to give up my treadmill desk anytime soon!

February kicks off Black History Month and provides me with a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate a colleague that I worked with over 30 years ago. Ms. Davis made me feel proud to be a nurse and role modeled professionalism coupled with compassion.

Our rationale of the week quizzed test takers on the latest 2021 ADA Medication Algorithms and addresses a common medication management issue. See what you think.

With chilly weather blanketing much of the United States, it’s a perfect time for some recipes that not only nourish our bodies but warm us up. We’ve put together our most popular winter recipes by Dawn Desoto, RD, CDCES.

We love celebrating our DiabetesEd Online graduates. Most recently we are thrilled to congratulate Susan George for passing her BC-ADM Exam and sharing her story with us.

Lastly, this Monday, I got my second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at 7:30am. One hour later, I was clocking miles on my treadmill (pictured above). I did experience some chills and body aches that evening, but by the end of day 2, I felt great!

With affection and wishes for health,

Coach Beverly, Bryanna, Dawn, and Jackson

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January 2021 eNews – 5 Reasons to Celebrate & Most Frequently Asked Exam Question

January 2021 eNews – 5 Reasons to Celebrate 2021

5 Reasons to Celebrate 2021

  • DKA can be treated with Sub-Q insulin
  • There is a NEW home test to check for type 1 diabetes
  • We added over 50 new practice test questions to CDCES Coach App
  • New ADA Standards of Care address health inequities
  • Two COVID- Vaccines are being distributed

In this newsletter, we are excited to celebrate notable breakthroughs.

As a diabetes nurse for over 20 years, I assumed that the ONLY way to treat DKA was with an insulin drip. It turns out that a Sub-Q approach is as effective and safe. Investigate more about the steps involved in this approach in our featured article.

In the past, testing for type 1 diabetes required a provider order. Now, concerned family members can choose to get tested from home. Read more about this super easy screening test for type 1 diabetes.

Our rationale of the week brings Section 1 of the new ADA Standards on Population Health to light. This standard boldly addresses social determinants of health, with an intense focus on food insecurity and other barriers to self-care.

Lastly, this Monday, I was lucky enough to get my first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. I sported a sore arm for less than 24 hours and that was it. Now, I am anxiously cheering for all my family, friends, colleagues, and community to get this life-saving vaccination.

Stay safe everyone and don’t forget to get enough sleep!

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Most Frequently Asked Exam Question – Which Standards to Study?

One of the most frequently asked questions about the CDCES Exam is the following:

Should I study this year’s ADA Standards of Care or last year’s ADA Standards of Care?

Coach Bev studying the Standards

In this years exam handbook, the CBDCE provided clarification on this high anxiety topic.

CBDCE Exam Content Update Policy

Immediately – New diagnostic criteria or specific guidelines impacting diabetes care and education and/or treatment of diabetes which are released nationally and identified as effective immediately may be including in the examination at any time.

One Year – New medical advances, guidelines, or pharmaceuticals will be included in CDCES Exam no sooner than one year after the information is released.

What does this mean for us?

I have already read and reviewed the 2020 ADA Standards of Care.

For more info, please refer to the 2021 Certification Examination Handbook

If you have already studied the ADA 2020 Standards of Care, you will be set for the 2021 CDCES Exam. Since there are no new diagnostic criteria or specific guidelines that are dramatically different from the 2020 Standards of Care.

The one exception is that there are updated diabetes management guidelines for the older population as outlined in our Older People Level 2 Course and you can review in the ADA Standards of Care, section 12.

Please see ADA Standards Summary of Revisions for more detailed information on updates for 2021.

I haven’t started reviewing the ADA Standards of Care.

Great. Please plan on studying the 2021 ADA Standards of Care, which includes all of the same content as the 2020 Standards with some additions and updates.

We are all rooting for your success! For More info:


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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2020

Most Popular Blogs:

Before we release 2020 into the past, let’s take one last look at some memorable moments and our most popular blog posts.

Top 3 Cheat Sheets

Cheat Sheets were a big hit! 

Our highest rated post was our Sick Days and COVID teaching sheets. Given that a new viral pandemic has dramatically affected the way we deliver care and patient safety, this comes as no surprise. To reflect the latest standards, we have updated the content and translated it into Spanish.

Top 3 Cheat Sheets – COVID and Sick Days, Safety Review of Common Supplements and our Insulin Storage and Dispensing Information sheet (see below to download your copy today)

Most popular Question and Rationale of the Year

Over 1000 people tested their COVID-19 knowledge in our top clicked Question of the Week. Our most popular Rationale of the Week asked users to carb count and figure out how much insulin to give to MJ. Carb counting questions are always a big hit.

Question of the Year – The question of the year tested the latest findings in diabetes and COVID

Rationale of the Year – This question was about carb counting with 58% of respondents who chose the correct answer.

2021 Looks Exciting

Our team is gearing up for 2021. We have updated the Standards of Care on our CDCES Coach App and are adding more practice test questions. Our refreshed website content includes the 2021 ADA Standards and a slew of new virtual course offerings.

Special thanks to Bryanna and Jackson for all their behind-the-scenes work, attention to detail, and dedication to providing an incredible customer experience. What a team!

We welcome you to join us as we embrace those precious learning moments from 2020, take a deep breath, and boldly move into a more promising 2021


Standards of Care 2021 Webinar Update

Diabetes Nerds Rejoice. The 2021 ADA Standards of Care are Here!

Diabetes nerds across the United States are staying up way past their bedtime to read the latest standards in diabetes!

You can now revel in the updated ADA Standards in our CDCES Coach App. Dig into the latest diabetes care recommendations, while waiting for your ADA Standards Booklet in the mail. 

Standards of Care Update Webinar – Join Coach Beverly on Feb 2nd at 11:30

Coach Beverly for her virtual annual webinar that will walk you through these critical updates for your clinical practice and exam success. Join our ADA Standards Live Webinar on February 2nd at 11:30 am PST!

This course is an essential review for anyone in the field of diabetes. This course summarizes the 2021 updates to the American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and provide critical teaching points and content for health care professionals involved in diabetes care and education.
ADA Standards Webinar | 2.0 CEs | $29
Pre-Order ADA Standards of Care Booklet
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December Newsletter | New Diabetes App, Winter Recipes, and a Sprinkling of Gratitude

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Boy, am I looking forward to 2021.

The New Year brings hope – vaccines to curb the pandemic are around the corner and we keep improving our care for people with COVID infections.

But right now, my heart is heavy. I don’t feel like putting up holiday decorations and my cookie making motivation is at an all-time low.

The hospitals are bursting with people and I am worried about our medical colleagues and their mental and physical health.

I am concerned about the people we serve who live with diabetes, knowing that they are hit especially hard by Corona Virus infections.

Now, more than ever, I am leaning into my strong belief that our compassion, intelligence and humanity, will lift us out of this dark time into the light.

I feel grateful that my business has survived this harsh year. Me, Bryanna and our entire team, worked tirelessly to move all of our programs to a virtual format so that we could deliver critical content to our community.

We created new content on COVID and Diabetes, to help navigate these new uncharted waters. Knowing that many have been impacted financially by the pandemic, we are providing this course and many of our Level 2, Standards of Care Courses for free to ensure important information is accessible.

We believe that armed with information and tools, our community keeps making a significant difference in improving not only outcomes but the quality of life for those living with diabetes.

We are thankful for each one of you and the light you shine on our diabetes community.

In health and gratitude,

Coach Beverly, Bryanna and Jackson

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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.

October Newsletter | Meds Update, Free Quizzes, and Rationale

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Greetings to our awesome diabetes community.

For this newsletter, we are excited to share three diabetes medication announcements. Our updated PocketCards are ready for downloading and viewing with these changes.

We know how much you love testing your knowledge, so we have created 3 new quizzes in our CDCES Coach App. For now, you can access these quizzes for free, so flex your test-taking muscle today.

The pandemic has taken a toll on people with diabetes and exposed the impact of health inequities. We take a moment to pause and reflect on the impact of this pandemic, with a special focus on food insecurity and actions we can take to address gaps in health care.

Lainey Koski was the first full-time employee at my company. She was not only an exceptional colleague, she was a wonderful human and friend. We pay tribute to Lainey, who left us way too soon.

Finally, since November 3rd is around the corner, we have included information on finding a polling place near you.

Be safe, take care of yourself, and take time to enjoy the small wonders.

Coach Beverly, Bryanna, and Jackson

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The New Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education Desk Reference – 5th Edition| $249

We are so excited that the 5th edition The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education is finally here!

This specialist’s one-volume, go-to resource for the core knowledge and skills for providing person-centered care and education to persons with diabetes and related chronic conditions. This is a core resource for those who are studying for the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® (CDCES) exam.

Updates:

  • Two new chapters addressing multiple daily injections (MDI), continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and intensifying therapy, pattern management, and data analysis.
  • Revised AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors®, with its recognition of the impact the emotional burden of diabetes on metabolic and quality of life outcomes.
  • Highlights obesity management, including the 3-step algorithm for care of overweight and obese people with diabetes.
  • Expanded coverage of motivational interviewing (MI).
  • Major rewrites of the kidney disease and diabetic neuropathies chapters.

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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.

September Newsletter | New Online Scholarship, Liver Disease, CGM Update

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What a year!

Thank you everyone for your support as I shared my adventure of moving my oldest son into his Texas college dorm two weeks ago. He is thriving and excited to live away from home, hang out with other students (while wearing a mask) and attend a combination of virtual and live classroom instruction. My 15-year-old son, Jackson, has stepped into Robert’s role at our company and is doing a great job fulfilling orders and working on special projects.

A special shout out of recognition to all of you who are juggling homeschooling, new working situations, and your lives. This is a tough time for all of us and I miss seeing all of you!

Speaking of virtual instruction, we have great news to share. Our DiabetesEd Boot Camp starts on Sept 16th. We can’t wait to join together with you in the community again as we hunker down to prepare for certification exams. 

We are excited to announce that we are offering two Online University Scholarships for diabetes advocates that are “Making a Difference” in their community. Please share it with your colleagues and friends.

In addition, this newsletter explores the importance of promptly recognizing the liver disease and the cost-saving benefits of CGM technology.

Lastly, we love providing our customers with easy-to-find resources, so we put all our most popular Cheat Sheets on one Resource Page for fast access.

During this time of uncertainty and financial hardships, we will be offering frequent discounts. It’s our way of saying thank you with a virtual hug of appreciation.

Warmest regards,

Coach Beverly, Bryanna, and Jackson


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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 2020

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It’s time for the Top 3 Blog Posts of the Month. As always, people loved our Question of the Week. The most popular question this month was on the administration of Glucagon Rescue Medications.

In addition, there was lots of interest in the newly approved rapid insulin. The post about the joy of having my children work in my company also resonated with our community. This is especially touching to me since I move Robert into college in less than 13 days.

Lastly, during this time of distress and turmoil, we thought it would be a good opportunity to feature some uplifting news. We are overjoyed to share the story of one of our course graduates, David, who recently passed his CDCES Exam. You can read his journey below and for more uplifting stories, we invite you to visit our Online Graduate Success Stories Page.

Keep Safe. Be well.

Coach Beverly

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Watch for FREE or purchase to earn CEs!

Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes Standards 2020
Join Live Stream August 5th 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.

Diabetes Specialists have a critical role in advocating for CV reduction. Coach Beverly is extending a special invitation to join this webinar on the latest standards for CV reduction.

This webinar will address:

  • insulin resistance syndrome and vascular complications.
  • impact of vessel disease from the heart to the toes.
  • prevention of vascular disease
  • strategies to achieve goals of care.

Register for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


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July Newsletter | Preventing Hypoglycemia to Save Lives

Preventing Hypoglycemia to Save Lives

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She woke up to the faces of concerned strangers in blue uniforms looking down at her. Trying to pull herself out of what must be a bad dream, she had trouble putting thoughts and words together. Finally, she saw her son’s face and heard him asking if she was okay. She reached up to grab his hand and make sure he was real. He asked her why she was crying.

This is not the first time she has woken up to a team of emergency responders giving her IV dextrose. As a person living with type 1 diabetes for over 26 years, she has experienced her share of close calls and a handful of times of lost consciousness due to lack of sufficient glucose to her brain.

As she relays this terrifying experience to us, how do we respond?

As Diabetes Specialists, we can help people with diabetes prevent life-threatening hypoglycemia by planning ahead and engaging in shared decision making.

In this newsletter we compare and contrast 3 lifesaving glucagon formulations. We are also excited to announce our new Glucagon PocketCard!

We discuss disparities in diabetes camps and provide a rationale for our most missed Question of the Week.

Lastly, we introduce a newly approved insulin and share the origin of our Pancreas Pillows.

We also say a fond farewell to our assistant and my son, Robert Thomassian. He has been an invaluable member of our team for the past year and now takes his leave to start college in Texas. His brother, Jackson, will take over the position and we are thrilled to welcome him on board.

We miss seeing all of you in person and welcome you to join our FREE Level 2 Webinars. Our doors are open and we would love to have you as our guest.

With Love,

Coach Beverly

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Upcoming Live Streaming Webinar
Airs July 21st & 28th, 2020, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (PST)

Technology Toolkit| Pumps and Sensors + Insulin Pump Calculations
Join us for the live streaming webinars on July 21st and 28th
3 CEs | $59.00

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES / BC-ADM or for those who want to learn more about the technology used to manage diabetes.

As Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, we are expected to have expertise in diabetes technologies to improve person-centered care and optimize outcomes.

Yet, when it comes to insulin pumps, sensors, and calculations many of us feel overwhelmed and unsure about diabetes technology management. Coach Beverly created this 2-part Technology Toolkit to provide you with critical information on Insulin Pumps, Calculations, and Continuous Glucose Monitors. 

If you want cutting edge information on diabetes technology, problem-solving, and using a formula to determine appropriate insulin dosing, we highly recommend this toolkit.

Two Online Courses are included in this Technology Toolkit:

  • Tech 101 – Pumps and Sensors Update | Live Stream Webinar July 21
  • Tech 102 – Insulin Pump Calculations: From Basal to Square Bolus | Live Stream Webinar July 28

Can’t join us live? Recorded video and podcast versions are ready for On-Demand Viewing. All updates webinars are uploaded within 4 hours of the live show ending.


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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.