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Today's Dietitian
E-Newsletter    August 2022
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Diabetes and Alcohol Drinking: Not a Match Made in Heaven

Drinking alcohol in moderation or “responsibly” may not be harmful to health for clients without chronic disease, but this isn’t the case for people with diabetes.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) discusses alcohol absorption and metabolism, alcohol’s effects on the liver in people with diabetes, the definition of moderate drinking, and recommendations for counseling clients.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at www.TodaysDietitian.com to read the digital edition of our August/September issue, which includes articles on Orlando’s award-winning restaurants, TD’s Spring Symposium highlights, reversal and remission of diabetes, the booming air fryer trend, and black beans’ health benefits and culinary uses.

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

— Judith Riddle, editor
In This E-Newsletter

E-News Exclusive

Risks of Alcohol Drinking for People With Diabetes

By Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDCES, CHWC, FAND

From pasta salad to grilled burgers to ice cream cones, summer BBQs and other gatherings often present challenges for people with diabetes. Clients may know about counting carbohydrates, watching portion sizes, and limiting saturated fats, but many are poorly informed about the effects of alcohol. While drinking alcohol may have a few perks related to heart health, drinking can have unpredictable effects on blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, especially among those taking certain hypoglycemic medications.

Alcohol Absorption and Metabolism

How quickly alcohol is absorbed depends on several factors, including the rate of gastric emptying, the presence or absence of food in the stomach, and the speed and amount of alcohol consumption.1 Alcohol, which is toxic to the body, can’t be stored and must be removed quickly. Medications, sex, age, health status, drinking regularity, time of day, and other genetic and environmental factors influence the rate of elimination. About 10% of alcohol ingested is excreted in the breath, urine, and sweat. Most of what remains is oxidized by the liver, which can result in perilous effects on blood sugar stability.

Alcohol and Diabetes

The liver contributes to blood glucose regulation by storing carbohydrate in the form of glycogen and releasing glucose—by glycogenolysis or gluconeogenesis—to the blood when levels are low. However, alcohol oxidation can override the liver’s role to store and release glucose. All people with type 1 diabetes are at risk of hypoglycemia after drinking, and many people with type 2 diabetes—especially those taking diabetes medications that have the side effect of low blood sugar—also are at risk.



Field Notes
Study: People ‘Right Size’ Portions of High-Calorie Foods

New research has revealed that humans moderate the size of energy-rich meals they eat, suggesting people are smarter eaters than previously thought.

The findings, led by the University of Bristol, revisit the long-held belief that humans are insensitive to the energy content of the foods they consume and are therefore prone to eating the same amount of food (in weight) regardless of whether it’s energy rich or energy poor.

The study, published recently in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is especially significant as it challenges a common view among researchers that people are apt to overconsume high-energy foods.

This idea stems from previous studies that manipulated the energy content of foods or meals to create low- and high-energy versions. In those studies, people weren’t told whether they were eating a low- or a high-energy version, and findings showed they tended to eat meals of the same weight, resulting in greater calorie intake with the high-energy version.



Other Nutrition News
Does Low BMI Equate With More Activity?
According to Science Daily, a study shows that people with low BMI aren’t more physically active.

Questioning the Benefits of Chocolate
While The New York Times reports that cocoa may be beneficial to health, it questions how that translates to chocolate candy.


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Food as Lifestyle Medicine for Hormonal Health
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, from 2–3 pm ET
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Decoding Prebiotics Using a Patient-Centered Approach
Thursday, September 1, 2022, from 2–3 pm ET
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Health Literacy: Practical Interprofessional Strategies for Enhancing Health Equity
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Comfort, Compassion, and End of Life Nutrition Care
Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 2–3 pm ET
Presented by Liz Friedrich, MPH, RD, CSG, LDN, FAND, NWCC
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Yoga Therapy for Nutrition-Related Conditions: Mechanisms, Evidence, Practical Applications, and Credentialing
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 2–3:30 pm ET
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A Novel Approach for Helping Kids Develop Healthy Eating Skills
Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 2–3 pm ET
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Interprofessional Updates for Diabetes and Telehealth: A Clinician’s Guide to Equitable and Collaborative Care
Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 2–3:30 pm ET
Presented by James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD, and Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDCES, FADCES
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Recorded Webinars

The Role of Nutrients in Developing a Healthy Immune System
Presented by Mike Roussell, PhD
1.0 CEU FREE | Sponsored by American Pistachio Growers. American Pistachio Growers is approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CEU for this webinar.
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Nutrition and Bone Health Across the Lifespan
Presented by Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN
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Taming the Flame: Dairy and Inflammation
Presented by Bradley Bolling, PhD, and Jim White, RDN, ACSM EX-P
1 CEU FREE | Sponsored by National Dairy Council. National Dairy Council Via Dairy Management Inc. is approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CEU for this webinar. Access the Recording »

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: Dairy Innovations for a Sustainable Future
Presented by Alise Sjostrom, Abigail Andrew Copenhaver, MS, RDN, CDN, Adam Wylie, Austin Allred, and Brett Reinford
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Recently Added Self-Study Courses 2023 Spring Symposium

Today's Dietitian is hosting our 10th annual continuing education and networking event May 14–17, 2023, in Savannah, Georgia, and you don’t want to miss this one!

Early-Bird Registration is open right now, so make plans to join us next May and experience what we have in store for our 10th Anniversary event. You’ll get the opportunity to earn CEUs with sessions, workshops, and presentations led by some of the foremost experts in dietetics and nutrition.

In addition, there will be a variety of opportunities to interact with fellow attendees and our presenters, as well as sponsors who often come bearing product samples. Put simply, our Spring Symposium is unlike other events for dietitians and other nutrition professionals.



Tech & Tools
Manage Food Allergies With Spokin
Available for the iPhone, Spokin is a free-to-use food allergy app that provides a list of reviewed restaurants and bakeries worldwide, enabling users to manage their food allergies and Celiac disease more easily while traveling. Plus, users can direct message others for opinions. Learn more »

Exercise and Connect
With the Jefit app, access more than 1,400 exercises with instructions, plus professionally designed workout plans. Set body measurements and understand muscle recovery rate. Connect with more than 10 million members. Learn more »
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 • Upcycling Innovations
 • Natural Brown Sugars and Syrup Sweeteners
 • The Link Between RED-S and Eating Disorders
 • Curbing Cancer in Older Adults
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Orlando’s Best Cuisine
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Are Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?
Claims abound that individuals can “reverse” their diabetes with certain diets or products. But what do the experts have to say? Today’s Dietitian examines a recent consensus report on the matter.

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