Practice Guidelines

ADA Standards of Care 2019 -This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the goals of care for diabetes management. Since it is evidenced based, it includes a useful summary of the trials and research that the goals are based on. A must read if you are entering the diabetes field or preparing to take the CDE® or BC-ADM Exam.

Purchase the 2019 ADA Standards of Care – $20

Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2019– One page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status and diagnostic criteria for diabetes.

Review CDE® Exam Outline –  This 2 page document details the content of the exam. Use this tool to rate your knowledge in each of the content areas.

Use of Language in Diabetes Care and Education – 2017 ADA & AADE 
Language is powerful and can have a strong impact on perceptions as well as behavior. This article provides recommendations for language used by health care professionals and others when discussing diabetes through spoken or written words whether directed to people with diabetes, colleagues, or the general public, as well as research questions related to language and diabetes.

AACE Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management Algorithm 2019.  This link provides the complete executive and slide set summary by an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Consensus Panel on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. If you are taking the CDE® or BC-ADM exam, we encourage students to be familiar with the slide content that reviews diabetes management.

The Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice, and Standards of Professional Performance for Diabetes Educators (2011). Chicago, Il: American Association of Diabetes Educators – a must read for anyone entering the field of diabetes or as a reference for those already in the field.

2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support – A joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. An important document to review for those providing Diabetes Self-Management Education or those considering take the certification exam.

Managing Type 1 Diabetes Across the Lifespan – a position statement by the American Diabetes Association 2017

Addressing Obesity in Diabetes AADE Practice Paper, August 2018  Provides a comprehensive review of obesity treatment and research, along with treatment strategies.

Comprehensive Foot Examination and Risk Assessment -(2008) » A report of the Task Force of the Foot Care Interest Group of the American Diabetes Association, with endorsement by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.  

Diabetes and Driving » this first-of-its-kind position statement, explores strategies to assess risk level for those with diabetes looking at medical history and individual risk factors.  

Diabetes At a Glance » A two page summary of the ABC’s of diabetes and diabetes management schedule.

Diabetic Neuropathy: An ADA Position Statement 2017

Healthy People 2020 People » The first diabetes objective of Healthy People 2020 is to reduce the annual cases of diabetes by 10%. Read more about these international health goals.  

Management of Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized Patients in the Non-Critical Care Setting: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline 2012 »  A consensus statement that provides evidence based guidelines on inpatient glucose management for the non critical setting.  

2013 – Management of Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in Children and Adolescents » This collaborative effort was a result of a the American Academy of Pediatrics convening a subcommittee to develop and publish evidence based recommendations on managing children with type 2 diabetes.  

2013 – Medicare Guidelines for Diabetes Education and Care Toolkit » The purpose of this toolkit is to provide QIOs, heath care professionals and other key stakeholders.  It also contains vital information on implementation and reimbursement for accredited DSMT programs.  

2016 Medicare Diabetes Brief article outlining the Guidelines for Diabetes Care Coverage A-D  – Reviews what Medicare does and doesn’t cover as far as care and supplies

2015 – Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support » A joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. An important document to review for those providing Diabetes Self-Management Education or those considering take the certification exam.  

Pediatric Weight Management Protocols » The following care paths are a possible framework for pediatric weight management care (prevention plus) between primary care providers and registered dietitians participating in the Alliance Healthcare Initiative. These paths are not meant to be prescriptive, but provide a possible schedule of visits throughout the year after a problem is identified. In general, if you have a patient with a BMI in the 85th percentile, the goal should be to work with the patient and family on behavior change.

Physical Activity and Exercise and Diabetes: ADA Position Statement 2016 » Position statement that reviews exercise guidelines and recommendations for people living with diabetes. 


Diabetes Education Services Online University Courses & Books with an emphasis on Standards of Care and Practical Guidelines

Level 1 – Standards of Care 2019 – 1.5 CEs – $20.00

This 90-minute course is an essential review for anyone in the field of diabetes. We summarize the 2019 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.

CDE® Test Taking Toolkit (Over 200 practice questions) – $49.00

This includes a 60-minute on demand course and 101 newly constructed multiple choice test questions inspired by the American Diabetes Standards of Care. Designed to test your knowledge of the 15 Critical Content areas and help prepare you for the CDE® Exam. In this course, Beverly explains how to dissect the question, eliminate the wrong answers and avoid getting lured in by juicy answers.


*Certified Diabetes Educator® and CDE® are registered marks owned by NCBDE. The use of DES products do not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam, except for those published by NCBDE.”

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