Question of Week | Pass the Pumpkin Pie Please |Nov 24, 2020

JR is going to stay home for Thanksgiving and decided to prepare a fantastic dinner.  JR has type 1 diabetes and injects bolus insulin before each meal. JR takes 1 unit of insulin for each 10 gms of carbohydrates.

Using myfitnesspal to calculate JRs carb intake for the following festive meal, how much insulin would JR need to take?

  • ½ cup cranberry sauce                 
  • ½ cup mashed potatoes                                               
  • ½ cup of buttered corn                                   
  • 1 small dinner roll                                              
  • A big scoop of green beans                                                      
  • 4 ounces of turkey breast                              
  • ½ cup of stuffing                                                     
  • 5 ounces Vendagne Chardonnay 

What is the best answer?

  1. 11.8 units
  2. 12.3 units
  3. 11 units
  4. 10.8 units
  5. I have no idea, pass the pumpkin pie

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COVID & Diabetes Update Webinar

COVID & Diabetes Update – Navigating a Crisis

Join our Live Webinar on December 2 at 11:30 am PST | Earn 1.5 CE | $19

With the surge in new COVID cases, what is the essential information health care professionals and Diabetes Specialists need to navigate this overwhelming crisis?

What are the best practices to care for people with diabetes and COVID-19 in the outpatient and hospital setting?

Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM, has completely updated this critical presentation, to bring health care professionals up-to-date on the current state of COVID and its impact on diabetes care. She summarizes key information including critical teaching points and management strategies for people with diabetes who develop a COVID-19 infection.

Topics Include:

  1. Discuss the current state of diabetes in the United States.
  2. Describe the relationship between COVID and health care disparities 
  3. Explore the impact of COVID infection on those with pre-existing diabetes.
  4. Discuss treatment strategies for COVID and diabetes, including new vaccines.
  5. List critical teaching points for people with diabetes and COVID.

If you miss the live version, your registration guarantees access to the recorded version.

Join us to learn critical information about Diabetes and COVID Management

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, has been Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management for over 20 years. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF and Touro University 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 the Week | COVID-19 & Diabetes | Nov 17, 2020

COVID cases are surging throughout the United States. Providing the best care for people with diabetes is especially important during this crisis. Which of the following statements regarding diabetes and COVID is most accurate?

  1. Avoid use of ACE inhibitors during illness, especially during the critical phase.
  2. Administration of sitagliptin (Januvia) during hospitalization may be associated with improved outcomes.
  3. Steroid use during acute illness should be avoided to prevent hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic crisis.
  4. Supine positioning during the acute phase is associated with improved oxygen saturation.

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COVID & Diabetes Update Webinar

COVID & Diabetes Update – Navigating a Crisis

Join our Live Webinar on December 2 at 11:30 am PST | Earn 1.5 CE | $19

With the surge in new COVID cases, what is the essential information health care professionals and Diabetes Specialists need to navigate this overwhelming crisis?

What are the best practices to care for people with diabetes and COVID-19 in the outpatient and hospital setting?

Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM, has completely updated this critical presentation, to bring health care professionals up-to-date on the current state of COVID and its impact on diabetes care. She summarizes key information including critical teaching points and management strategies for people with diabetes who develop a COVID-19 infection.

Topics Include:

  1. Discuss the current state of diabetes in the United States.
  2. Describe the relationship between COVID and health care disparities 
  3. Explore the impact of COVID infection on those with pre-existing diabetes.
  4. Discuss treatment strategies for COVID and diabetes, including new vaccines.
  5. List critical teaching points for people with diabetes and COVID.

If you miss the live version, your registration guarantees access to the recorded version.

Join us to learn critical information about Diabetes and COVID Management

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, has been Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management for over 20 years. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF and Touro University 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 the Week | Test Your Gut Bacteria Knowledge | Nov 10, 2020

Intestinal health and diabetes are co-related.  Which of the following statements is true?

  1. High levels of intestinal butyrate indicate excess inflammation and increased glucose levels
  2. Thicker intestinal mucous lining is correlated with a lower risk of diabetes
  3. In diabetes, there is an inverse correlation between food diversity and gut bacteria diversity
  4. Decreasing the prevalence of mucin-producing bacteria decreases diabetes risk

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FREE Webinar Recorded & Ready for Viewing – Getting to the Gut & Skin, Meet Your Microbiome

Join the wonderment as we explore the role of our Microbiome.


“This Webinar is filled with Bev’s energy, knowledge, and passion for diabetes that she replicates in all her teachings. She puts a demand on herself to be a mentor to all. Her information is well organized, full of current/relevant research, and helps CDCES’ view into the future as a changing world impacts diabetics. I find her to be the most exciting and engaging educator and … OUTSTANDING teacher!!” – recent participant

New Webinar topics:

  • Discuss the latest research on our microbiome
  • Describe the link between COVID and gut bacterial health
  • Discuss the role of the skin microbiome in health and body weight
  • Describe the importance of diet during pregnancy to promote the baby’s healthy microbiome.
  • State the relationship between gut health and diabetes risk
  • Describe 3 strategies to get our microbiome back to better health.

This one-hour complimentary journey will expand your view of how the trillions of bacterial hitchhikers profoundly influence our health. We will discuss how foods, the environment, and our medical practices have impacted our gut bacteria over time and strategies we can take to protect these old friends.


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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 the Week | November 3, 2020

Which of the following is accurate regarding cystic fibrosis related diabetes (CFRD)?

  1. A1c testing is the preferred diagnostic tool to detect cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD).
  2. Start annual screening for diabetes at age 10 for those with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD).
  3. People with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) benefit from intensive carbohydrate intake reduction.
  4. Best treatment strategy for people with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) includes GLP-1s to support gut hormone production.

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Studying for the BC-ADM Exam?
Enroll in our BC-ADM Prep Bundle with Levels 2, 3, & 4 | 39+ CES

Beverly has custom designed this course bundle to prepare you for your BC-ADM Exam.

Including Level 2 (Standards of Care Intensive), Level 3 (Boot Camp), and Level 4, you can start studying now with 29 On-Demand webinars and practice tests to build your diabetes education foundation and prepare for the BC-ADM Exam.


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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 the Week | October 27, 2020

Language use while interviewing someone with diabetes can have a profound impact on the meaningfulness of the interaction. 

Which of the following comments uses a person-centered approach and exemplifies the use of updated diabetes language?

  1. We don’t recommend avoiding breakfast
  2. Tell me more about skipping your afternoon insulin
  3. I notice you haven’t tested your blood sugars daily 
  4. Exercise is important because it helps control your glucose levels

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What We Say Matters!

Lifting People Up With Our Words |
FREE Webinar & Resources

As educators, advocates, spouses, friends, and providers, our use of language can deeply affect the self-view of people living with diabetes every day.

Intentional communication is a powerful tool that can uncover trauma, identify barriers, and move both the provider and person with diabetes toward a greater understanding of the issues involved.

The language used in the health care setting is immensely important in determining trust, mutual respect, and meaningful long term relationships.


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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 the Week | October 20, 2020

JR has had prediabetes for several years, with A1c’s of 6.0-6.4%. JR is now experiencing sudden hyperglycemia and an A1c is 9.2%, GAD is positive, transglutaminase is negative and TSH is 1.4.

What is the most likely diagnosis?

  1. Latent autoimmune diabetes
  2. Hyperglycemia due to secondary causes
  3. Celiac induced hyperglycemia
  4. Type 1 diabetes

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Want more practice?
Enroll in our CDCES Deluxe Prep Bundle | Levels 1, 2, & 3 + Toolkits – 44+ CEs 

Beverly has custom designed this deluxe course bundle to prepare you for your CDCES (formerly known as CDE) or BC-ADM Exam.

This Deluxe Prep Bundle includes:

  • Level 1 – Diabetes Fundamentals
  • Level 2 – Standards of Care 
  • Level 3 – Boot Camp
  • 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 

Use code “SUCCESS10” by October 31st to receive 10% off.


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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 the Week | October 13, 2020

AJ is 89 years old with type 1 diabetes and is a caretaker for a partner with dementia.  AJ is on an insulin pump and uses a meter to check blood glucose levels 4-7 times a day.  AJ mentions that they were surprised the other morning that their blood glucose was 59 mg/dl and they felt fine. 

Based on this, what is the best action?

  1. Discuss the possibility of stopping pump therapy due to safety concerns
  2. Make sure AJ checks blood glucose every one-to-two hours during the night
  3. Encourage AJ to have a carb plus protein snack at bedtime
  4. Evaluate pump settings to see if basal insulin adjustment is needed

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Join Coach Beverly and Alan Parsa, MD virtually in Hawaii for the Best Diabetes Care For The Frail and Elderly Webinar! 

Are you interested in learning about diabetes care for the frail and elderly?  Then consider attending this all-day conference that synthesizes exciting findings and new elements that you can incorporate into your daily practice.  Through dynamic presentations and case studies, we will provide you with creative strategies to take your practice to the next level.  In addition, small group activities allow participants to network and share problem-solving strategies.  The goal of this program is to provide cutting edge information that has real-life application.  We want each participant to leave the seminar feeling more empowered and confident advocating for excellence in diabetes care.

Registration Price:
$20 for ADCES members – $40 for non-ADCES members – 6.5 CEs

Click here to register. – Download flyer here.

  • October 24, 2020
    • 9 am to 10 am – Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Non-Ketotic Syndrome (HHS) with Alan Parsa, MD
    • 10 am to 11:15 am – Overview – Aging Population and Diabetes with Beverly Thomassian, RN
  • October 31, 2020
    • 9 am to 11:15 am – Treatment Goals, Type 2 Medications and Safety Concerns for Older Adults with Beverly Thomassian, RN
  • November 7, 2020
    • 9 am to 11:15 am – Pharmacologic Approaches to Manage Diabetes and Co-Conditions and Lifestyle Recommendations for the Older Adult with Beverly Thomassian, RN

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for all health care professionals including providers, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and educators who want to:

  • Get re-energized about diabetes care and education
  • Enjoy a comprehensive review of diabetes care in the frail and elderly
  • Get updates on treatment strategies for diabetes care in the frail and elderly
  • Learn about lifestyle recommendations for the older adult

Requirements for Successful Completion:  Participants should try to be in attendance for all three webinars, complete and submit the program evaluation at the conclusion of each webinar.  Partial CE hours (2.25 CE hours) can be awarded per webinar if participants complete and submit the program evaluation.  The three webinars will be recorded for later viewing but NO CE hours will be awarded for viewing of the recorded webinars.

Registration Price:
$20 for ADCES members – $40 for non-ADCES members – 6.5 CEs

Click here to register. – Download flyer here.


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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 the Week | October 6, 2020

JR has type 2 diabetes and an A1c of 9.4%. He is on 3 medications for diabetes and now needs to start insulin. JR says, “I just don’t know if insulin would help me. My brother took insulin and he had all kinds of problems.”

What best describes JR’s stage of change using the transtheoretical model?

  1. Denial
  2. Bargaining
  3. Avoidance
  4. Contemplation

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Studying for the BC-ADM?

Join us for our free webinar Preparing for the BC-ADM Exam

October 8th at 11:30 am (PST)

This free webinar will review BC-ADM requirements for the current year.

Coach Beverly will discuss:

  • exam eligibility and test format,
  • strategies to succeed
  • study tips and test-taking tactics.

She will also review sample test questions and reasoning behind choosing the right answers. We hope you can join us.


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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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