Table 4

Summary of DSMES benefits to discuss with people with diabetes (1528,3033,40,89)

  • • Provides critical education and support for implementing treatment plan

  • • Reduces emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and hospital readmissions

  • • Reduces hypoglycemia

  • • Reduces all-cause mortality

  • • Lowers A1C

  • • Promotes lifestyle behaviors including healthful meal planning and engagement in regular physical activity

  • • Addresses weight maintenance or loss

  • • Enhances self-efficacy and empowerment

  • • Increases healthy coping

  • • Decreases diabetes-related distress

  • • Improves quality of life

No negative side effects
Medicare and most insurers cover the costs