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Editor's e-Note
Digital Diabetes Health Care

As more people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years, dietitians will be seeing more technological advances in diabetes self-care. This digital age of sophisticated mobile apps and social media platforms utilized to stay connected to friends and family has people more fixated on their smartphones and tablets than ever before.

In this month’s E-News exclusive, you’ll learn about an online health care company that’s taking advantage of this reality. The company has launched a health care service based on research from the Diabetes Prevention Program that’s helping individuals with prediabetes and diabetes lose weight, manage blood sugar, eat healthier meals, incorporate physical activity, and interact with a qualified health coach and a community of people who have similar issues and goals.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at where you can read the latest news and information relevant to daily practice as well as our digital edition of the November issue, which includes articles on the role of food diaries in diabetes self-management, the gut microbiota’s association with obesity and type 2 diabetes, and the sodium and saturated fat controversies. The staff of Today’s Dietitian welcomes your feedback at Enjoy the e-Newsletter, and follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Fighting Chronic Disease With Digital Therapeutics
By David Yeager

It’s estimated that more than 78.6 million American adults, or more than one-third, is obese, and obesity-related medical costs in the United States are as high as $147 billion per year.1,2

One of the most common and most expensive obesity-related diseases is type 2 diabetes, which afflicts approximately 29.1 million Americans, although approximately 8.1 million are undiagnosed.3 Busy lives, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, and genetics contribute to the diabetes epidemic, but an often overlooked aspect is the lack of social support.

One of the ironies of today’s digitally connected world is that people have less time for face-to-face interaction. Omada Health, a San Francisco-based digital health company, is hoping to support healthful behavior changes by using technology to create a network of social connections. To achieve this, Omada Health has created the Prevent platform, a combination of modern technology and social networking, which educates people about nutrition and exercise while pairing them with similar individuals who have comparable goals.

“We create a tiny little world around someone, where it’s almost easier for them to stay in than leave,” says Sean Duffy, Omada Health’s CEO. “They’re with other people who are on the same timeline; they’re achieving success; they have support from a coach; they’re tracking; they’re learning. It’s a multimodal world.”

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Other News
Food Label Revisions Still Need Work
While the revised food labels may be helpful, such as highlighting the number of calories in the amounts of food most people consume in one sitting, many health professionals believe the revisions don’t go far enough, according to a blog in The New York Times.

Scientists Question What’s Causing Dramatic Rise in Celiac Disease
Two new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine proved that scientists have a ways to go in their understanding of celiac disease, which affects about 1% of the population, according to a study reported in TIME.
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Field Notes
Low Vitamin D Levels May Increase Pain During Labor

Pregnant women with low vitamin D levels experience an increased amount of pain during labor, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2014 annual meeting.

Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with depression and pain, but this is the first study to demonstrate its association with increased consumption of pain medication during childbirth.

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Tech & Tools
Time to Eat Healthy
This app provides recipes to help you make a healthful, homemade meal in minutes. Simplified prep steps accommodate all cooking skills from beginner to advanced. All of the recipes (new ones added regularly) are quick and easy to prepare and lack the excessive calories, fat, sugar, and salt of traditional comfort foods. You can make them with either conventional or organic ingredients—whatever fits your nutritional goals and budget. Learn more »

Kurbo App Helps Kids, Teens Lead Healthier Lifestyles
Kurbo's easy-to-use app helps children and teens track what they eat, as well as how much they exercise. Each time your child enters a food, it's classified using a clinically acclaimed traffic light system. The app also has virtual coaching and introduces important concepts such as food classification, portion size, and planning ahead with videos, games, weekly challenges, and messages. Learn more »
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