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Dietitians' holiday party recipe guide

Encouraging kids to eat plant foods

The latest on functional fibers

RDs speak out about the FDA's
gluten-free labeling ruling

Advanced carbohydrate counting
Editor's E-Note
Fighting Type 2 Diabetes

Many clients and patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes dread having to prick their fingers multiple times each day to test their blood sugar. But dietitians know how important this step is in helping to control the disease and ensuring the right therapies are prescribed.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, a certified diabetes educator discusses the importance of self-monitoring blood sugar and glucose goal setting. The article also provides guidelines for setting glucose goals from the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the International Diabetes Federation.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at www.TodaysDietitian.com. You’ll find the digital edition of the November issue plus the latest news and information that’s relevant and reliable to daily practice. As always, we welcome your feedback at TDeditor@gvpub.com. Enjoy the e-newsletter, and follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
E-News Exclusive
Setting Blood Glucose Goals With Clients
By Kathy W. Warwick, RD, CDE

“What is my blood sugar supposed to be?”

As an RD, a client who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may have asked you this question during a counseling session. The client’s health care provider might have given him or her a glucose monitor, demonstrated how to perform a blood sugar test, and discussed goals for glucose testing. However, because the client probably was overwhelmed with the new diabetes diagnosis, he or she might have been unable to understand or absorb all the information.

Type 2 diabetes is a complicated, labor-intensive chronic disease. Dietitians ask patients to change their eating habits, start an exercise program, monitor glucose, and learn a new medication regimen and then write down all of this information in a diary. To manage diabetes optimally, RDs need to help clients interpret all this complex information and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Controlling diabetes becomes a balancing act between food intake, physical activity, and medications.

To achieve this balancing act, it’s important for RDs to teach clients and patients the value of self-monitoring their blood glucose, setting glucose goals before and after meals, and working with their health care providers to learn what medications they’re taking and to coordinate care.

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Tech & Tools
Diabetes Goal Tracker
Motivate your patients to jump-start their goals with an app from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. It lets people set, track, and achieve behavior-change goals and features educational materials, customizable reminders, and has the capability to share with other users. Learn more »

Co+op Kitchen
This iPad app is an interactive culinary resource that includes cooking videos, a local co-op search, and easy recipes as well as handy hints from chefs and food enthusiasts who love sharing their passion for great food. Learn more »
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Other Nutrition News
Mediterranean Diet Linked to Healthier Old Age
New research indicates that following a Mediterranean-style diet throughout your life may pay off with a disease-free old age, as reported in TIME magazine.

Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover
An article in The New York Times discusses what could happen if produce got the same marketing treatment as other products.
Field Notes
Diabetes and the Flu: What You Need to Know

There are certain groups of people who are at risk of serious flu complications each year, including those with diabetes.

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Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu cases were reported at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as early as September, and now is the time to prepare for the upcoming flu season, says Fernando Ovalle, MD, a professor of medicine in the UAB School of Medicine and senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. “Diabetes can weaken your immune system against the flu, and it also puts you at an increased risk of flu-related complications,” he says. “The weakening of the immune system makes it harder for your body to fight the flu virus. Being sick also can raise your blood glucose and prevent you from eating properly. You are also at risk of flu-related complications like pneumonia.”

Ovalle says there are several steps people with diabetes can take to try to protect themselves from the flu virus:

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