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Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Youths

Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Youths

The American Diabetes Association recently released nutrition therapy recommendations for the management of diabetes. Published in Diabetes Care, the new statement provides a set of recommendations based on reviews of recent clinical investigations (Table 1). The statement calls for all adults diagnosed with diabetes to eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods in appropriately portioned sizes as part of an eating plan. These plans must take into account individual preferences, culture, religious beliefs, traditions, and metabolic goals. Nutrition Therapy Is Effective The American Diabetes Association recognizes that nutrition therapy is provided by a variety of health professionals, and published research shows that it is effective when delivered by various health professionals. Studies suggest that nutrition therapy produces A1C reductions similar or greater than what is expected with treatment with currently available pharmacologic treatments for diabetes. “Ideally, patients with diabetes should be referred to registered dietitians (RDs) for diabetes nutrition therapy or participate in diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs that include instruction on nutrition soon after their diagnosis,” says Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, who was part of the writing group that developed the position statement. The position statement from the American Diabetes Association highlights guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that recommend several effective structural components when implementing medical nutrition therapy for adults with diabetes (Table 2). “An important goal of nutrition therapy includes collaborating with healthcare providers to develop individualized eating plans and to encourage people with diabetes to get the ongoing support they need to promote health behavior changes.” Individualizing Approaches The American Diabetes Association recommends that all people with diabetes make nutrition therapy a part...
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