Diabetes Basics


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  • The purpose of finding a program is to help manage and relieve side effects of Type 2 Diabetes and decrease hospitalizations relating to Type 2 Diabetes. 


Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and people with diagnosed diabetes have a 50% higher risk of early death than those without the disease. In addition, the United States spends approximately $327 billion annually on medical costs and lost wages.

People with diabetes are at higher risk for blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and many other health complications. In addition, studies show that type 2 diabetes increases the risk of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Fortunately, there are evidence-based programs such as the Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) that help people better manage their diabetes and promote a long and healthy life. Organizations offering DSMES services can apply for recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) or accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and are eligible for reimbursement by Medicare, many private health plans, and some state Medicaid agencies.1 Covered benefits for DSMES vary by insurer, making it important to verify participants’ benefits at the outset.

Benefits of DSMES 

As stated by the CDC, considerable evidence exists linking DSMES participation to positive changes in health behaviors and improved diabetes-related outcomes. Benefits of DSMES participation can include:

  • Improved hemoglobin A1c levels
  • Improved control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Higher rates of medication adherence
  • Fewer or less severe diabetes-related complications
  • Healthier lifestyle behaviors, such as better nutrition, increased physical activity, and use of primary care and preventive services
  • Enhanced self-efficacy
  • Decreased health care costs, including fewer hospital admissions and readmissions

Want to learn more about the benefits of DSMES? Visit CDC’s website for more information