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Editor's e-Note
Nature’s Remedy for Blood Sugar Control?

In addition to prescription medications, many people with diabetes use complementary therapies to better control blood sugar. Many take chromium, cinnamon, fenugreek, vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium supplements whether or not there’s conclusive research behind their efficacy. Others consume prickly pear cactus and even bitter melon.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) explores the latest research to determine the efficacy and safety of bitter melon as a complementary therapy for blood sugar control and provides strategies for dietitians on how to counsel clients and patients.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
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Bitter Melon
By Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN

Are there potential benefits for people with diabetes?

The use of complementary health approaches continues to grow worldwide. People with diabetes are 1.6 times more likely than those without diabetes to use complementary health approaches—previously known as complementary and alternative medicine. The overall prevalence of their use among people with diabetes ranges between 30% and 57%.1

One of the complementary health approaches people with diabetes use to help manage blood glucose is bitter melon (Momordica charantia). In fact, it’s used worldwide for diabetes treatment. This article will describe bitter melon, discuss the latest research on its use as a diabetes therapy, and provide strategies for nutrition professionals for counseling clients and patients who want to use it along with other medications.

What Is Bitter Melon?
Bitter melon is a fruit that belongs to the squash family and is a low-calorie nutritional powerhouse. Also known as bitter gourd, bitter melon is a perennial plant that grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, South America, East Africa, and the Caribbean. The fruit and seeds of the plant are used as food and as medicine to treat cancer, viral infections, immune disorders, and diabetes.1,2 “It’s an excellent source of vitamin K and provides vitamin C and vitamin A as well,” says Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDE, a private practitioner and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, based in Torrance, California. One-half cup (47 g) of fresh bitter melon contains just 10 kcal and 2 g carbohydrate.3

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Carbon Dioxide May Rob Crops of Nutrition
Rising carbon dioxide levels worldwide could cause a decrease in key nutrients in food crops, putting more people at risk of malnutrition, according to NPR.
Creating Your Business Care Team
Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT

Dietitians are adept at promoting a patient-centered approach with a team of health care professionals. When it comes to business, a care team is equally important. Who has your business’ best interest in mind when making decisions?

Lawyers, accountants, and financial planners make up a business care team. Lawyers determine the best entity for your business model while creating documentation. Accountants handle money matters, prepare tax documentation, and identify tax deductions. Many RDs recommend hiring a bookkeeper to manage financial documentation for the accountant. Financial planners help with initial business financing and managing income. If you’re self-employed, a financial planner can assist with retirement planning.

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Field Notes
Dulled Taste Sensitivity May Increase Calorie Consumption

Cornell University food scientists have found that people with a diminished ability to taste food choose sweeter—and likely higher-calorie—fare. This could put people on the path to gaining weight.

“We found that the more people lost sensitivity to sweetness, the more sugar they wanted in their foods,” according to lead author Robin Dando, PhD, an assistant professor of food science at Cornell, whose research has been published online by the journal Appetite.

Nutritionists, researchers, and doctors have long suspected a connection between diminished taste sensitivity and obesity, but no one had tested whether losing taste altered intake. In his research, Dando temporarily dulled the taste buds of study participants and had them sample foods of varying sugar concentrations.

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