Practice Resources

Higher-Weight Bodies Across the Cardiometabolic Spectrum

Guidance for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

Obesity and Diabetes

Diabetes care and education specialists have many opportunities to support people with diabetes, prediabetes or other cardiometabolic diseases who wish to implement lifestyle changes and explore medication options. Read ADCES’ practice paper on co-conditions to learn more.

Perspectives & Resources for Your Practice

Tip Sheets

  • Weight and Type 2 Diabetes: What's the Link? 

    This new ADCES resource illustrates the role insulin plays in turning food into energy and the link between weight and Type 2 diabetes.  It will help you explain to your clients and patients the benefits of losing even a small amount of excess weight on multiple clinical parameters. Also available in Spanish


  • Understanding the Screening Guidelines for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

    Find out how an evidence-based guideline can support your own system’s screening, awareness building, and referral efforts to diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management.
  • High-Dose Weekly GLP-1 RAs: An Exciting Option for Diabetes and Obesity Management 

    Glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) are effective diabetes agents because they reduce cardiovascular events, improve glycemic management and promote weight loss. Fortunately, two agents in the GLP-1 RA class (dulaglutide and semaglutide) have data evaluating higher dose options than originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
  • Is Weight Bias and Weight Stigma a Public Health Problem? 

    Can diabetes care and education specialists simultaneously work toward the prevention of obesity and eating disorders? Weight-related issues do not occur in isolation and there is a growing body of scholarship that acknowledges that obesity and eating disorders co-occur in individuals and have risk factors in common. This post will explore two overarching commonalities - weight bias and stigma.  
  • Research Demonstrates that Motivational Interviewing Impacts Weight Loss in Overweight Children and Women 

    Talking about weight loss can be an anxiety-producing conversation for both the person carrying extra weight and for the diabetes care and education specialist trying to find a comfortable way to bring the sensitive topic up. Learn how motivational interviewing is an approach that eases the anxiety of these conversations.

Certificate Course

  • Person-Centered Care for Individuals who have Higher Weight: A Certificate Program (8 CE)

    Diabetes care and education specialists interact with people whose disease and complications may have manifested as a result of the individual having a higher weight. Although many diabetes care and education specialists have deep knowledge in caring for people with higher-weight bodies, there are simply not enough of them to provide care to the number who need it. The entire care team should be educated to a validated level of understanding. This activity is open to all healthcare professionals and will educate the broad HCP inter-professional care team to apply best practices in caring for individuals with higher weight bodies.

    Latest Higher Weight Rates

    obesity report 2021

    Each year, the CDC releases its obesity prevalence maps based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) state- and territory-specific data. Accompanying this data is the annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health, along with an accompanying interactive website.

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