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Editor's e-Note
The Pandemic’s Impact on People With Diabetes

By now, we all had hoped that the COVID-19 crisis would have been over—given the fact effective and safe vaccines have been available for months for everyone aged 12 and older. But unfortunately, the pandemic is raging on among the unvaccinated due to the Delta variant, and it’s especially concerning for people with diabetes.

It’s so concerning that the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists had devoted sessions to COVID-19 and diabetes management and education for attendees of its virtual ADCES21 Annual Conference, August 12–15. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) dedicated five symposia to COVID-19’s impact on people with diabetes to educate the medical community and improve patient care.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) highlights recent study results showing that unmanaged diabetes is a chief determinant of COVID-19 severity and complications within the Hispanic and Latinx populations. The results were presented at the ADA’s virtual conference in June. If you have patients with diabetes and didn’t get the chance to attend the virtual conference, visit for information on how to listen to the recorded sessions.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the August/September issue, which includes articles on antioxidant beverages, the COVID-19 vaccine and diabetes, mindfulness interventions and heart health, atypical anorexia nervosa, and the ongoing conversation about the need for greater diversity in dietetics.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Unmanaged Diabetes Associated With Greater COVID-19 Severity

A study shows that diabetes patients not taking medication experienced longer hospitalization and recovery, with the greatest toll among Latinx populations.

In June, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) kicked off its virtual 81st Scientific Sessions where it featured five COVID-19 symposia, highlighting cutting-edge science and the latest diabetes developments learned during the initial phases of the pandemic.

This latest research comes at a time when individuals with diabetes and other related underlying health conditions are hospitalized six times more often and are 12 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those without diabetes. Furthermore, diabetes is the second most reported underlying health condition among COVID-19 patients across the United States.

A new retrospective study presented at the virtual meeting showed that unmanaged diabetes is a key factor in COVID-19 severity and complications, particularly among Hispanic and Latinx populations.

Forty percent of Americans who died of COVID-19 had diabetes, and 1 in 10 people with diabetes hospitalized for COVID-19 die within one week—making diabetes a high-risk comorbidity. When left untreated, diabetes can lead to increased overall health complications. Yet, nearly 1 in 5 Americans with diabetes report that due to the increased financial constraints of the pandemic they had to choose between buying food or buying medications and medical supplies required to manage their diabetes.

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Continuing Education
Learn the risks and realities about arsenic in food 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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Healthy Aging: Beyond the Usual Advice to Eat Well and Stay Active
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2–3 pm ET
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Mindfulness Masterclass: Personal Empowerment Through Awareness
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Healthier Kidneys Through Your Kitchen: Earlier Nutrition Intervention for Chronic Kidney Disease
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 2–3 pm ET
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Recorded Webinars

Carbohydrate Restriction for Obesity and Diabetes: What Does the Evidence Say?
Presented by Jonathan Clinthorne, PhD, and Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD
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Beyond The Plate: A Global Perspective on Milk
Presented by Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN
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Personalized Nutrition: Where Emerging Science Meets Consumers' Health Needs
Presented by Lu Ann Williams, Dr. Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD, and Allison Yoder, MA, RDN, LD | 1 CEU FREE | Sponsored by The Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition | The Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition was approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CPEU for this webinar. | Access the Recording »

How to Implement Plant-Based Diabetes Programs in Your Practice: Strategies for Success
Presented by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, and an expert panel of speakers
1.5 CEUs | Access the Recording »

Where Does Nutrition Fit in the Sustainability Equation?
Presented by Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, FAND
1 CEU FREE | Sponsored by National Honey Board | Access the Recording »

Go Nuts: Help Your Clients and Patients Address Their Pandemic Weight Gain and Health-Related Issues
Presented by Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD, and Maureen Ternus, MS, RDN
1 CEU FREE | Sponsored by | The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation was approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CPEU for this webinar. | Access the Recording »

Recently Added Self-Study Courses

Arsenic in Food
The Role of Alternative Proteins in Building Sustainable Food Systems
Does Breast-Feeding Help Prevent Childhood Obesity?: Weighing the Evidence

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Field Notes
A Plant-Based Dinner Could Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

People who tend to eat refined carbs and fatty meats for dinner have a higher risk of heart disease than those who eat a similar diet for breakfast, according to a nationwide study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

CVDs such as congestive heart failure, heart attack, and stroke are the No. 1 cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Eating plenty of saturated fat, processed meats, and added sugars can raise cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease. Eating a heart-healthy diet with more whole carbohydrates such as vegetables and grains and less meat significantly can offset the risk of CVD.

"Meal timing along with food quality are important factors to consider when looking for ways to lower your risk of heart disease. Our study found that people who eat a plant-based dinner with more whole carbs and unsaturated fats reduced their risk of heart disease by 10%,” says study author Ying Li, PhD, of the Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China. “It’s always recommended to eat a healthful diet, especially for those at high risk of heart disease, but we found that eating meat and refined carbs for breakfast instead of dinner was associated with a lower risk.”

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Other News
Plant-Based Diet May Lower CVD Risk at Any Age
The American Heart Association reports on the release of two studies that showed health benefits of plant-based eating in both younger and older adults.

California Launches Nation’s Largest Free Student Lunch Program
When school starts this fall, all of California’s 6.2 million public school students—regardless of family income—will have the option to receive free school meals, according to NPR.
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Promoting Sustainability and Planetary Health

Sports Nutrition for Bariatric Athletes

Helping SNAP Shoppers Make Healthful Choices

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