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Resources for Professionals

This section contains resources for all health care professionals who work with patients with diabetes. Educational tools for providers and patients alike, and links to diabetes education resources can be found here. These resources include ready-made slide presentations, tool kits filled with both provider and patient materials, and enduring materials that include many multimedia self-learning opportunities.

Professional Education Resources

estimated Average Glucose (eAG)
The results of the A1C-Derived Average Glucose study (ADAG), published in Diabetes Care, have affirmed the existence of a linear relationship between A1C and average blood glucose levels.

In light of the study results, ADA is recommending the use of a new term in diabetes management, estimated average glucose, eAG. Health care providers can now report A1C results to patients using the same units (mg/dl or mmol/l) that patients see routinely in blood glucose measurements.

This eAG resource has an online eAG calculator and links to the ADAG study and other patient and professional materials.

Continuing Education Library
The American Diabetes Association conducts professional education activities in support of its overall mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The CE Library is a compendium of all ADA online continuing education opportunities.

The Cardiometabolic Risk Initiative
The Cardiometabolic Risk Initiative is an American Diabetes Association campaign to raise awareness about the many factors that influence overall health. Assessing cardiometabolic risk gives clinicians a more comprehensive picture of a patient's health and potential risk for future disease and complications and focuses clinical attention on the value of systematic evaluation, education, lifestyle behavior changes, disease prevention, and treatment.

The World Health Organization's Report -- Preventing Chronic Diseases: A Vital Investment(PDF)
The report makes the case for urgent action in countries all over the world to halt and turn back the growing threat of chronic diseases, and dispels the long-held misunderstandings about heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Patient Education Resources

Do you work with patients at risk for type 2 diabetes? The American Diabetes Association has developed materials you can use with your patients to help them prevent the onset of, and improve the management of type 2 diabetes.

MyFoodAdvisor is an easy to use online nutrition tool for patients – intended to educate about the nutritional content of foods. MyFoodAdvisor
provides food information to people with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and those looking to lose weight. This interactive tool compares foods by 22 different nutrients, suggests healthy alternatives, and analyzes what you currently eat. Portion sizes are standardized, based on the American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association exchange lists so all carbohydrate-containing foods are shown in servings of about 15 grams of carbohydrate.

My Food Advisor: Recipes for Healthy Living
MyFoodAdvisor: Recipes for Healthy Living is the American Diabetes Association’s new online resource where your patients can get FREE meal plans, diabetes-friendly recipes, cooking videos, and other healthy tips each month. All they have to do is sign up at and they’ll have access to this resource whenever they want.

Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk: Patient Education Toolkit
This kit contains reproducible patient education handouts to use in your practice.

Health Test Card
The American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association have created a "health test card” and other supporting materials designed for use in a clinical setting to facilitate communication between a patient and a provider about recommended health tests and to increase the number of people being screened for chronic diseases.
The products are free to clinician offices, although shipping and handling fees do apply. Order the health cards and supporting materials.

Children and Type 2 Diabetes Posters

An increasing number of children and adolescents in the United States are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. New, colorful posters that encourage type 2 adults to look for type 2 warning signs in children are available for download in PDF format. Posters will soon be available in print through the online store.

Diabetes Animations for Use in Presentations

These clips, available for download as WMV files, have been adapted from the Association's Link for Life animation on diabetes. These files can be incorporated into presentations for community groups, diabetes support groups and other educational activities.

  1. Diabetes
    Provides brief definition of diabetes and insulin. (18 seconds)
  2. Insulin: The Movie
    Describes how the body breaks food into sugar and uses sugar as a source of energy. (51 seconds)
  3. Type 1 Diabetes
    Provides a basic definition of type 1 diabetes. (27 seconds)
  4. Type 2 Diabetes
    Provides a basic definition of type 2 diabetes. (26 seconds)
  5. What happens in Type 2 Diabetes?
    Further defines type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. (71 seconds)