Adult Diabetes Education

Before focusing full time on private practice, Alison Kaplanes worked for over a decade on an interdisciplinary medical team at the prestigious Joslin Diabetes Center.

Whether you are at risk for diabetes, are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for 20 years, education is an essential part of keeping you healthy.

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Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

Alison Kaplanes

Mallory Sin

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According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

  • 11.6% of the US population (38.4 million Americans) have diabetes and many of these people are still undiagnosed.
  • 38% of the US population (97.6 million Americans) over 18 years old have pre-diabetes.

Arm yourself with knowledge: the more you know, the healthier you will be!

Living with Diabetes

People with diabetes can now live longer, and improve the quality of their lives when they get the proper education & treatment.

If you have diabetes, education is a crucial part of living longer & healthier. A Registered Dietitian who is also a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (CDCES) can teach you how to:

  • Eat properly to manage blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure and help you achieve a healthy weight.
  • Keep active and understand how exercise affects blood sugar levels
  • Prevent diabetes complications well before they happen. This includes damage to your eyes, kidneys, heart, feet, circulation and sexual response. 
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New Diagnosis Jitters

A new diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. It can come with a mix of emotions: shock, confusion, fear, anger. Trying to find information on the internet can make things even more confusing! Your family members, friends and neighbors may try to give you tips too, but this can confuse you even more.

It is impossible to find information that is specific to you, without working with a professional. At this time, you need to get ACCURATE information, in a supportive environment, so that you feel empowered to get in control of your diabetes.

A Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist is a medical professional who is specially trained on exactly this. You are always welcome to bring a family member with you to your visits.

Diabetes Tune- up

Have you had diabetes for several years? Maybe even seen a Registered Dietitian when you were first diagnosed? If it has been more than two years since your last education visit, it is time for a tune up.

Diabetes is a chronic disease and treatment will change over time. I will review your eating plan, exercise plan, blood sugar testing and even provide a new, free glucometer if you need one. We will also review blood work and make sure that you are up to date on your annual diabetes related preventative tests/ screenings.

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

Did you know that through small changes in weight, diet and exercise, research has shown that someone at risk for diabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by almost 60%!

NOW is the time to take action, and I want to be your coach!

Why is it important to work with a Dietitian who is also a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (CDCES)?

“A Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist ® (CDCES®) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention. A CDCES® educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. A CDCES® promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that optimize health outcomes.”

– Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education

Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our dietitians?