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Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator - what's the difference?

  • 1.  Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator - what's the difference?

    Posted 17-03-2024 14:08

    Hi all,

    We have often been asked what the difference is between an accredited practising dietitian and a credentialled diabetes educator. Below you will find an explanation of both and what their speciality is in relation to your diabetes health care team.

    Diabetes Australia has both APD's and CDE's - if you have any burning questions, perhaps between GP appointments, or just something that comes up. Please always reach out to us via community@diabetesaustralia.com.au or comment on this thread and we can pose the question to our team.

    Accredited Practising Dietitian
    An accredited practising dietitian, or APD, provides expert nutrition and dietary advice. They are focused on health promotion, and prevention and treatment of chronic  conditions, including diabetes. An APD is a valuable part of your diabetes healthcare team that can work with you to enhance your nutrition and identify trends in your
    blood glucose levels. They will consider your health status, cultural background, eating habits and preferences, and tailor a healthy eating plan specifically for you.

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator
    A credentialled diabetes educator, or CDE, assists those living with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes to self-manage their diabetes or pre-diabetes. CDEs take a holistic approach to diabetes care and management and tailor their advice to the individual. They provide in-depth knowledge across all areas of diabetes and
    refer you to other allied health professionals based on your needs. A CDE can help educate you about blood glucose monitoring, medications, long-term complications and the impact of food and exercise.

    Remember for food and recipe related questions we also have our topic specific connected community now where you can talk all things food and recipe related. For information on how to join the different connected communities we have set up for you, head here for info.

    Enjoy your day, Ange.

    Natasha, Ange and Anna

    Membership and Community Team