Why I Became a CDCES
MS, RDN, LD, CDCES
Why Qula Madkin Became a CDCES
As a Registered Dietitian working for three Endocrinologists in Mississippi, I saw many people, most of them had diabetes or pre-diabetes. While nutrition is important, I wanted to do more than teach the individuals with diabetes about nutrition; I was looking to become a CDCES so I can engage with people on all spectrums of diabetes management and prevention.
It motivated me to become a CDCES because of having family members and many people in my community with diabetes. There was a common theme that I would hear from family members, friends, and community members. They believed diabetes was something that they would automatically have and that complications were inevitable. I was eager to help change the narrative. By becoming a CDCES, I gained the knowledge to dispel the myths and help others lead healthier lives, prevent diabetes, and improve diabetes management.
On Opportunities Provided as a Result of Holding the CDCES Credential
Holding the CDCES credential has opened doors for me to not only be viewed as a nutrition expert but also as having expertise in diabetes care and education. This credential provides me the opportunity to be a consultant and educator, along with helping to make a difference in people's lives.
What Would you Say to Someone Who is Considering Becoming a CDCES?
Do it! The expertise and knowledge you gain is worthwhile.
On Her Biggest "ah ha" Moment
I have experienced many successes as a CDCES. When an individual says they have a better understanding of controlling or preventing diabetes, that is a big win and proud moment for me! Connecting with people with diabetes and gaining their trust is vital. When a person is open to listening, learning, and applying what they've learned, I am so proud of making a difference in their lives!
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