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Editor's e-Note
Are Your Patients Getting Enough ZZZs?

The amount and quality of sleep your patients get each night has a direct influence on various aspects of their health—namely their metabolic health. For example, the risk of type 2 diabetes increases in chronically sleep-deprived individuals. And if patients with diabetes don’t get enough quality rest, managing their disease becomes an ever-increasing challenge. So speaking to them about the importance of sleep is paramount.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian discusses the association between sleep quality and diabetes management and provides some counseling strategies RDs can use in practice.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the November issue, which includes articles on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and the role of medications in managing the disease, how prickly pear cactus can lower blood sugar, mindful and intuitive holiday eating, healthful meat snacks, frozen food innovations, and combating cancer malnutrition.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Link Between Sleep Quality and Successful Diabetes Management
By Judith Riddle

Regulating and maintaining healthful sleep habits may be a key to successful diabetes management, according to Terese C. Hammond, MD, fellowship director of the division of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, and medical director at Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California Sleep Disorders Center in Los Angeles.

Hammond spoke at the annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators in August. The title of her presentation was “Insufficient Sleep: Implications for Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes Management.”

Hammond said too little sleep (less than seven hours) or too much (more than nine hours) is associated with several negative health outcomes, especially in patients with diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.

“Insufficient sleep has a profound effect on obesity, energy expenditure, and caloric intake, especially carbohydrate intake,” Hammond said. “Behavioral interventions to address insufficient sleep can positively impact sleep duration and long-term health outcomes.”1

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Other News
Dining In Gains Ground on Eating Out
Cheaper groceries, meal kit services, and a turn toward more healthful fare have contributed to falling sales at some big restaurant chains, according to The New York Times.

The Most Popular ‘Superfoods’
in the United States

The Huffington Post outlines the 10 most popular ‘superfoods,’ according to the frequency of internet searches.
RD Lounge Blog
Evolution of Dietetics Jobs
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

In 1996, when I attended New York University to receive my RD certification and MS degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics, the job opportunities were limited. The mainstream jobs included being an in-house or outpatient dietitian in a hospital setting, working at a nursing home, or being in private practice. More than 20 years later, the job opportunities in the field of dietetics have become plentiful. Here are some of the dietetics jobs in which my fellow RDs are prospering.

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Continuing Education
Learn about ethnic disparities in diabetes care in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CPEUs!

Live Webinars

Evidence-Based Nutrition: The Problem
of Proof

This complimentary 1 CEU webinar, presented by Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, on December 1, 2016, from 2-3 PM EST, will provide an overview of the common research strategies for evidence-based nutrition and will provide RDs with relevant and practical skills for interpreting data and evidence-based recommendations to patients and clients. Brought to you through the support of Nature Made. Register Now »

Measuring the Impact of Food Miles
on Sustainability

This 1 CEU webinar, presented by Sharon Palmer, RDN, on December 8, 2016, from 2-3 PM EST, will explain how food travel affects consumers’ carbon footprint and sustainability of the food system. RDs will be provided with surprising revelations about the food system, together with bottom line advice to give to patients and clients who express interest in making a difference with their forks. Register Now »

Recorded Webinar

What’s New in the World of Carbohydrates
This complimentary 1 CEU webinar, presented by Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD, provides an overview of the science behind the carbohydrate recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It discusses the latest evidence relating to appropriate carbohydrate consumption, together with practical strategies for counseling patients and clients regarding the inclusion of healthful carbohydrates in their diets. Brought to you through the support of Barilla. Register »

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Plus, everyone who takes advantage of this offer will be eligible for a random drawing for a free CE bundle package of an autographed copy of Dr. Jo Lichten's REBOOT: How To Power Up Your Energy, Focus, and Productivity + a 12 CEU online examination on the book. Click here for official rules.

2017 Spring Symposium

Join us at our 4th annual Spring Symposium, May 21–24, at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the heart of New Orleans' renowned French Quarter. In addition to delivering an enhanced CE program offering more than 20 CEUs, and networking opportunities like no other event, our 2017 event's prime location will put you steps away from all of the culinary, cultural, and entertainment experiences of The Big Easy.

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Registration does not include accommodations or travel to and from New Orleans. For those who cannot afford the registration rate, a limited number of scholarships are available for complimentary registration.

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In the December Issue

Ruby Red Holiday Produce

Curbing Children’s Sugar Intake

Unconventional Diets in Cancer Care

Medicinal Herbal Teas

Pea Protein
Field Notes
Obesity Increasing in Adults
With Cancer History

A study at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health showed that obesity was more prevalent in patients with a history of cancer than in the general population, and survivors of colorectal and breast cancers were particularly affected. The study is among the first to compare rates of obesity among US cancer survivors and adults without a history of cancer. Findings are published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Results were based on data from a nationally representative sample of 538,969 noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 to 85 with or without a history of cancer who participated in the annual National Health Interview Survey from 1997 to 2014. Obesity was defined as BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater for non-Asians and 27.5 kg/m2 or greater for Asians.

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Tech & Tools
From Couch Potato to Running the 5K
The C25K (Couch to 5K) app (, available free for iOS and Android, promises to take users from the couch to running a 5K. The app uses an eight-week fitness program to get users in shape in 30-minute sessions three times per week. Meant for first-time runners, the app is compatible with a variety of music, GPS, and health-related apps to get those new to exercise motivated. Learn more »

A Healthful Lifestyle One Day at a Time
The Lifesum app (, available free for iOS and Android, functions as a personalized health and lifestyle guide for users. Whether users want to gain weight, lose weight, improve energy, drink more water, or fulfill another health and wellness goal, the Lifesum app can provide a personalized plan to meet those goals. The app tracks progress in nutrition and exercise and syncs with other fitness, health, and nutrition apps. Learn more »
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