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Editor's e-Note
Are Plant Foods Best for Diabetes Management?

Plant-based eating patterns that include higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins and lower intakes of animal-based proteins are the foundation for good health. They’re also the basis to better manage blood glucose in patients with diabetes and prevent heart disease risk factors that often lead to CVD in this population.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian discusses how plant-based diets impact type 2 diabetes pathophysiology and how they may help prevent or lessen the severity of heart disease risk factors and ultimately CVD.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the November/December issue, which includes articles on brain healthy holiday foods, the latest diabetes medications, postnatal supplementation, and the use of cannabis in cancer care.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Improving Diabetes Outcomes With a Plant-Based Diet
By Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RDN, CDCES, CDN

Mainstream diabetes health organizations continue to recognize the value of plant-based diets in managing diabetes and reducing diabetes-related complications. This year, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology was added to this list, with the recommendation for a plant-based diet included in their 2020 Consensus Statement on type 2 diabetes management.

Evidence demonstrates the benefits of a plant-based diet in treating CVD—the leading cause of death for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Hypertension and dyslipidemia, commonly found in people with type 2 diabetes, are risk factors for CVD. Scientific studies show the efficacy of controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels to prevent or slow the progression of CVD in people with type 2 diabetes.1 However, according to the 2020 National Diabetes Statistic Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 36.4% of people with diagnosed type 2 diabetes are achieving metabolic goals.2

Successful diabetes management is dependent on the treatment of the ABCs of diabetes, namely A1c, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Numerous studies show that a plant-based diet reduces A1c, blood pressure, cholesterol, waist circumference, and body weight.3 Vegan and vegetarian meal patterns—the two most common approaches found in the literature—are identified in the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2019 Nutrition Consensus Report as acceptable for diabetes management.

During the 2020 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™, Meghan Jardine, MS, MBA, RDN, LD, CDCES, and Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES, FAND, a diabetes lifestyle expert, presented “Diabetes Reversal from Plant-Based Eating: Reality or Fallacy?” During the presentation, Jardine, associate director of diabetes nutrition education at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., discussed the efficacy and mechanism by which plant-based diets improve diabetes outcomes.

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Learn about nutrition interventions to manage hyperlipidemia in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CEUs!

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Diabetes Awareness Month
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Field Notes
Study Shows Relationship Between Housing Instability, Food Insecurity

A retrospective study found food insecurity and housing instability are bidirectionally linked and must be addressed together to solve a problem that affected millions even before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many Americans out of the workforce.

The study is published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Policymakers need to understand this connection so we can get families the help they need,” says Daphne Hernandez, PhD, corresponding author of the study and an associate professor at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She’s also a Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing. “Most of these families will continue to live their lives hungry and in unstable households if we do not act and do what we can to reduce the material hardship they are facing, especially during the current economic climate where the number of individuals or families experiencing food insecurity and housing instability is increasing.”

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RD Lounge Blog
5 Tips for a More Healthful Thanksgiving Dinner
Liz Weiss, MS, RDN

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate a delicious meal with family and friends, but there’s nothing worse than feeling like an overstuffed bird after dinner. These five simple hacks showcase easy ways to bring out the best in the season’s freshest, most vibrant produce, a trick for slimming down luscious gravy, and guidance on keeping portions satisfying yet sensible.

1. Scaled back sides. Thanksgiving tables may look different this year for many people. Instead of large gatherings, concerns over COVID-19 likely will lead to smaller celebrations, scaled-back sides, and roasted turkey breasts vs 20-lb birds. But for people who can’t resist going up for seconds, portion control still may be a challenge. To curb the splurge, recommend clients and patients start the meal with just two or three satisfying bites of everything. Once their plates are clean, suggest they assess their level of satiety before they help themselves to a few more bites or call it quits and wait for dessert. Starting small without deprivation is a strategy for keeping portion sizes in check.

2. Move over marshmallows. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, and they’re a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. By topping sweet potato casseroles (or stuffed sweet potatoes) with chopped pecans or walnuts instead of mini marshmallows, clients can keep all that good nutrition going strong. For a better-for-you topping, combine chopped pecans, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, coconut or olive oil, and just a tablespoon of brown sugar.

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Other News
Experts Outline Strategies for Improving American Health
In an op-ed for STAT, two experts make the case for public health interventions for better nutrition in the United States, including making healthful food more affordable and directing more federal funding to nutrition research.

Global Children’s Height Disparities Indicate Nutrition Inequities
A new large-scale longitudinal study tracked children’s growth across the globe, finding vast disparities that the authors attribute to differences in access to nutritious foods, according to a press release on ScienceDaily.
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