Diabetes educators come from several different disciplines, including registered nurses, dietitians, physicians, social workers, psychologists, podiatrists, exercise specialists, and pharmacists. We are the only multidisciplinary group of professional health care workers who have attained expertise in diabetes.
Many diabetes educators have advanced degrees. All are people who started out as health care professionals and decided that they wanted to teach people with diabetes how to live with the disease. Some have gotten involved because they themselves have diabetes or have a family member who does. So we know very well what it is like to live with diabetes or to live with someone who has diabetes.