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Today's Dietitian
E-Newsletter    August 2023
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Editor's E-Note

Great News for Patients With Type 1 Diabetes

The long-awaited iLet bionic pancreas, an automated insulin-delivery system from Beta Bionics, has been cleared by the FDA for commercial use in children and adults.

The extraordinary glycemic control system is an important technological development that was 20 years in the making and spurred on by a father’s determination to develop a lifesaving pocket-sized device to significantly improve type 1 diabetes management for his son and others.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides the details about the iLet bionic pancreas, how it works, how it may impact people with type 1 diabetes, and gives insight into the engaging story behind its development.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at www.TodaysDietitian.com to read the digital edition of our August/September issue. We showcase our annual dining guide, featuring Denver’s award-winning restaurants known for their diverse global cuisine, and share highlights (photo gallery included) from our Today’s Dietitian 10th annual Spring Symposium hosted in the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia. What’s more, you can read articles on plant-based diets and diabetes, the diet’s role in Parkinson’s disease, and the health benefits of family meals.

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
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FDA Clears Bionic Pancreas for Type 1 Diabetes

A bionic pancreas—a wearable, pocket-sized, automated insulin delivery device—that was first developed in a Boston University lab has been cleared by the FDA. The iLet Bionic Pancreas is now commercially available, bringing fresh hope to the almost 2 million Americans with type 1 diabetes.

The approval is a massive milestone in a two-decade—and deeply personal—journey. Invented 20 years ago in the lab of Ed Damiano, PhD, a Boston University College of Engineering professor of biomedical engineering and cofounder and executive chairman of Beta Bionics, a public benefit corporation, the bionic pancreas combines an insulin infusion pump with algorithm-controlled dosing decision software. Damiano was inspired to develop the system by his son, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just 11 months old.

When paired with a Bluetooth-enabled glucose monitor, the iLet can deliver tailored insulin doses every five minutes based on calculations of current and past glucose levels and the body’s reaction to past insulin deliveries. Small enough to be clipped on a bra strap or placed in a pocket, the iLet means patients will no longer have to constantly measure their glucose levels and calculate, with help from their doctor, their correct insulin dose—a 24/7 endeavor. The iLet was cleared for people aged 6 and older with type 1 diabetes.



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Unhealthful Neighborhood Food Environments Linked to Poor Birth Weight

Higher neighborhood density of unhealthful retail food establishments was associated with a higher risk of delivering a baby that was large-for-gestational age, according to a new study at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, while neighborhoods with a high density of healthful food retail establishments were linked with a lower risk of giving birth to a baby that was small-for-gestational age. Babies born either small- or large-for-gestational age, a measure of birth weight adjusted for length of pregnancy, are at greater risk of long-term health complications, but until now, little was known about how neighborhood characteristics, including walkability and the food environment, may affect birthweight outcomes. The results are published in JAMA Network Open.

To evaluate links between birth weight and retail food environments and walkability in neighborhoods of New York City, the researchers analyzed the records of 106,194 singleton births in the 2015 Vital Statistics records from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Full-service supermarkets and fruit and vegetable markets were classified as healthful, and fast-food outlets, convenience stores, and candy stores as unhealthful.

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Raw Milk Fad a Health Risk
More than two dozen states have legalized the sale of raw milk, reports The New York Times. However, this isn’t a simple win for dairy farmers as an increase in food-borne illness, linked with the increase in raw milk sales, also has been on the rise.

WHO States Aspartame Potential Carcinogen
One World Health Organization (WHO) agency has declared the popular sweetener aspartame as a possible carcinogen, reports U.S. News. These findings were made by analyzing three observational studies in humans in which liver cancer was linked to aspartame consumption. However, another agency under the WHO umbrella explains that the artificial sweetener is safe for consumption if following recommended doses.
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Helping Clients Beat Diabetes
Someone who has just received a diabetes diagnosis is likely feeling overwhelmed and a tad bit lost, depending on their support system. Beat Diabetes is an app that consolidates plenty of critical information for people to better navigate the lifestyle change. It’s an effective pocket guide with food tips, activity ideas, and articles that explore various aspects of diabetes and potential treatment options. It can be downloaded on Android.

Learning to Live It Up
While it may be easy for some to adopt a plant-based diet, it can be more challenging to ensure the meals are healthful with a minimal number of added sugars or processed ingredients. Live Up! helps people create recipes that suit their lifestyle, whether it’s vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and more. Users can send emails to themselves or friends through the app to share recipes and ingredient lists for shopping. Plus, recipes are added for all categories twice a month. The app can be downloaded on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
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In the August/September Issue

 • Savor Denver’s Best Cuisine
 • Today’s Dietitian 10th Annual Spring Symposium Highlights
 • Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes
 • Diet’s Role in Parkinson’s Disease
 • Fresh Look at Family Meals
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