What is Diabetes Self-Management Education?
Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is an interactive, collaborative process that can equip adults with basic knowledge to manage their type 2 diabetes while focusing on their self-identified problems and goals. It emphasizes problem solving and decision making as they relate to core diabetes self-care skills such as healthy eating, physical activity, proper dental care, and monitoring blood glucose level.

The goals of DSME are to improve metabolic control and quality of life, to reduce diabetes-related complications, and to minimize health care costs. Research has shown that community-based DSME is an effective intervention for improving glycemic control among adults of various racial and ethnic backgrounds with type 2 diabetes.

For more information, view the Diabetes Self-Management Education Guide (PDF)

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