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!

Click here to read our full January 2021 newsletter.


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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