Question of Week | Type 1 Needs Surgery

MS is 63, has type 1 diabetes, and will be having knee surgery.  In addition to using an insulin pump and CGM to manage their type 1 diabetes, MS also takes empagliflozin (Jardiance) 25 mg daily to improve glucose levels.

In preparation for the upcoming surgery, which of the following is an accurate statement?

  1. Transition to insulin injections in preparation for surgery.
  2. Maintain perioperative glucose between 80-110.
  3. Stop empagliflozin (Jardiance) 3 days prior to surgery.
  4. Reduce basal insulin by half the night before surgery.

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Basal/Bolus Therapy in Hospital 1.5 CEs
Airs live on May 6th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Glucose control in the hospital matters! This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to safely and effectively implement Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy in the inpatient setting. We discuss appropriate insulin dosing based on the patient’s clinical presentation and apply dosing strategies to a variety of case studies. Included are hard-to-manage situations that commonly occur in hospital settings and a discussion of solutions that will keep patients safe and get glucose levels to goal. In addition, sample basal/bolus and insulin drip guidelines plus lots of resource articles are included. 

Topics Include:

  • Discussing appropriate insulin dosing based on the patient’s clinical presentation
  • Applying dosing strategies to a variety of case studies
  • Introduce hard-to-manage situations that commonly occur in hospital settings
  • A discussion of solutions that will keep patients safe and get glucose levels to goal
  • Sample basal/bolus and insulin drip guidelines plus lots of resource articles are included

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Accreditation: Diabetes 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 Week | Kidney Transplant – Best Intervention?

JR is a 38 yr old who received a kidney transplant 3 months ago and has a GFR >60 and creatinine of 0.9.  JR takes prednisone 10mg daily as part of the post-transplant protocol. JR’s most recent A1c came back at 7.9% and the provider asks the Diabetes Specialist what intervention is recommended. 

Which of the following is the best response?

  1. Refer to a kidney specialist for a thorough workup.
  2. Encourage referral for medical nutrition therapy
  3. Evaluate if JR can cut the prednisone dose in half.
  4. Instruct JR to start a very low-calorie diet to reverse hyperglycemia.

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Level 2 – Critical Assessment – Fine-Tuning your Diabetes Detective Skills – 2.0 CEs
Airs live on April 28th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for our 

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Diabetes Education Services Online University Courses are an excellent way to study for your exam anytime and anywhere that is convenient for you. You will have immediate access to your courses for 1 year after your purchase date. Each individual online course includes a: 90-minute video presentation, podcast, practice test, and additional resources.

Topics Include:

  • Identify common yet often underdiagnosed complications associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • State strategies to identify previously undiscovered diabetes complications during assessments.
  • Discuss links between hyperglycemia and other conditions including, transplant, cystic fibrosis and liver disease.


Meds Management for Type 2 Standards | 1.25 CEs
Airs live on April 29th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for our

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During this live stream webinar, we will discuss diabetes medication benefits, considerations, and critical information to share with people with diabetes and providers.

Topics include:

  • Overview of classes and actions of diabetes medications
  • Describer medication updates and new recommendations for 2021
  • Using the ADA/AACE algorithms to improve diabetes care and outcome


Basal/Bolus Therapy in Hospital 1.5 CEs
Airs live on May 6th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Read More: Basal/Bolus Therapy in Hospitals

Glucose control in the hospital matters! This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to safely and effectively implement Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy in the inpatient setting. We discuss appropriate insulin dosing based on the patient’s clinical presentation and apply dosing strategies to a variety of case studies. Included are hard-to-manage situations that commonly occur in hospital settings and a discussion of solutions that will keep patients safe and get glucose levels to goal. In addition, sample basal/bolus and insulin drip guidelines plus lots of resource articles are included. 

Topics Include:

  • Discussing appropriate insulin dosing based on the patient’s clinical presentation
  • Applying dosing strategies to a variety of case studies
  • Introduce hard-to-manage situations that commonly occur in hospital settings
  • A discussion of solutions that will keep patients safe and get glucose levels to goal
  • Sample basal/bolus and insulin drip guidelines plus lots of resource articles are included


Can’t join live? No worries, we will record the webinar and post it to the Online University!


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Accreditation: Diabetes 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 Week | Mystery Condition?

ML has had type two diabetes for 12 years, a BMI of 33.7, an A1 C of 8.3%, and elevated triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels. You notice ML’s palms are deeply red.

Which of the following conditions is ML most likely experiencing in addition to diabetes?

  1. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  2. Dermatomyositis secondary to  inflammation
  3. Auto immune renal hypertension
  4. Acanthosis Nigracans of the palmar surface

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Join us live on April 28th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for our Level 2 – Critical Assessment – Fine-Tuning your Diabetes Detective Skills – 2.0 CEs.

Diabetes Education Services Online University Courses are an excellent way to study for your exam anytime and anywhere that is convenient for you. You will have immediate access to your courses for 1 year after your purchase date. Each individual online course includes a: 90-minute video presentation, podcast, practice test, and additional resources.

This course integrates the ADA Standard of Care on elements of a comprehensive medical assessment (Standard 4) of the individual living with prediabetes, diabetes, or hyperglycemia. Through case studies and real-life situations, we discover often hidden causes of hyperglycemia and other complications, such as liver disease, sleep apnea, pancreatitis, autoimmune diseases, fractures, and more. We delve into therapy for complicated situations and discuss management strategies for other conditions associated with hyperglycemia such as Cystic Fibrosis, and Transplants. Join us for this unique and interesting approach to assessing and evaluating the hidden complications of diabetes.

Topics Include:

  • Identify common yet often underdiagnosed complications associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • State strategies to identify previously undiscovered diabetes complications during assessments.
  • Discuss links between hyperglycemia and other conditions including, transplant, cystic fibrosis and liver disease.

Intended Audience:  A great course for healthcare professionals who want to learn the steps involved in providing a thorough lower extremity assessment.

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator and a nationally recognized diabetes expert.

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Accreditation: Diabetes 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 Week | Exercise & Heart Rate Mystery

LR loves going to the gym 3 times a week. LR is 78, with Latent Autoimmune Diabetes (LADA) and is on basal bolus insulin. LR also takes a statin and ACE Inhibitor. LR has a history of retinopathy and peripheral neuropathy. During your assessment, LR proudly shares that when on the treadmill, their heart rate never goes above 100 beats per minute. 

What best explains this heart rate?

  1. Excellent cardiovascular health from regular exercise
  2. Cardiac autonomic neuropathy
  3. Stiff heart syndrome
  4. ACE Inhibitors can contribute to lower heart rates

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It’s not too late to register for our Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course
Earn 30+ CEs | April 15-17, 2021


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

DiabetesEd Virtual Conference Flyer 2021

Diabetes Ed Virtual 3-Day Schedule 2021

Prepare for CDCES or BC-ADM certification or earn hours for renewal.

If you are interested in taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam or are seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need.

Can’t join live? No worries, your registration guarantees access to the recorded content through Dec 31, 2021!

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today! 

Your registrations include access to all the Online Sessions plus Bonus Courses through December 31st, 2021.

Bonus Courses worth 14 + CEs FREE – When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!


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Accreditation: Diabetes 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 Week | Type 1, Ramadan & Fasting

RS observes Ramadan and fasts from sunrise to sunset. RS is 13 years old, has type 1 diabetes, uses an insulin pump and CGM. RS’s insulin-to-carb ratio is 1:12 and correction is 1:45. Basal settings range from 0.5 -1.2 units an hour.

What would be the best recommendation for RS to keep blood sugars in the target range during Ramadan?

  1. See if RS can get a note from their doctor to allow eating during the day.
  2. Take bolus insulin when RS eats a meal or snack.
  3. Decrease basal insulin rate by 50% during periods of fasting.
  4. Monitor urine ketones at least twice a day.

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ADA 2021 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes Book

The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is a key resource for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care, education, and support.

One of the most important pieces of literature to read prior to becoming a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and for clinical practice, the Standards of Care book is a study must!

The book includes:

  • ADA’s standards for diagnosing and treating diabetes
  • Nutrition recommendations and principles
  • Position statements on managing diabetes and its complications in various settings

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Accreditation: Diabetes 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 Week | Black Spots in Eyes

JR was recently diagnosed with type two diabetes. JR‘s A1 C was 13.9%, but now blood sugars are running in the 100 to 180 range. JR mentions that they have been noticing “black spots” floating in their eyes.

What is the best response by the diabetes specialist?

  1. This is an expected finding when blood sugars drop rapidly.
  2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much are these spots affecting your daily quality of life?
  3. That must be really scary. Make sure to mention this at your next provider visit.
  4. Let’s get you scheduled in to see ophthalmology.

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Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course
Earn 30+ CEs | April 15-17, 2021


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

DiabetesEd Virtual Conference Flyer 2021

Diabetes Ed Virtual 3-Day Schedule 2021

Prepare for CDCES or BC-ADM certification or earn hours for renewal.

If you are interested in taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam or are seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need.

Can’t join live? No worries, your registration guarantees access to the recorded content through Dec 31, 2021!

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today! 

Your registrations include access to all the Online Sessions plus Bonus Courses through December 31st, 2021.

Bonus Courses worth 14 + CEs FREE – When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!


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Accreditation: Diabetes 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 Week | How Many Insulin Pens?

JR is 24 years old and uses an insulin pen for their basal insulin injections each evening.  JR takes 30 units a night and each insulin pen holds 300 units of insulin. 

How many insulin pens would JR need for one month?

  1. 3 pens
  2. 4 pens
  3. 10 pens
  4. 1 box

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Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course
Earn 30+ CEs | April 15-17, 2021


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

DiabetesEd Virtual Conference Flyer 2021

Diabetes Ed Virtual 3-Day Schedule 2021

Prepare for CDCES or BC-ADM certification or earn hours for renewal.

If you are interested in taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam or are seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need.

Can’t join live? No worries, your registration guarantees access to the recorded content through Dec 31, 2021!

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today! 

Your registrations include access to all the Online Sessions plus Bonus Courses through December 31st, 2021.

Bonus Courses worth 14 + CEs FREE – When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Accreditation: Diabetes 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 Week | What About Tortillas?

PZ arrives for their diabetes appointment with their food diary and glucose log book.  PZ’s blood glucose levels have improved since last visit by about 20 points, with morning glucose levels in the 130 range and bedtime glucose in the 180 range.  When you ask PZ about what changes they have made, PZ shrugs their shoulders and says, “I quit eating tortillas because my children said they are bad for me.” 

What is the best response?

  1. Good for you, giving up tortillas is really hard.
  2. Your children sound like they are worried about your health?
  3. Yes, we don’t recommend tortillas since they are high in starch.
  4. How are you feeling about giving up tortillas?

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Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course
Earn 30+ CEs | April 15-17, 2021


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

DiabetesEd Virtual Conference Flyer 2021

Diabetes Ed Virtual 3-Day Schedule 2021

Prepare for CDCES or BC-ADM certification or earn hours for renewal.

If you are interested in taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam or are seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need.

Can’t join live? No worries, your registration guarantees access to the recorded content through Dec 31, 2021!

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today! 

Your registrations include access to all the Online Sessions plus Bonus Courses through December 31st, 2021.

Bonus Courses worth 14 + CEs FREE – When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Accreditation: Diabetes 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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