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New Diabetes Standards Emphasize Personal Approach Over Diets

by Sandy Todd Webster on Dec 19, 2013

Food for Thought

A new position statement by the American Diabetes Association de-emphasizes “diets” for people with diabetes; instead, it focuses on individualized eating plans and regular activity.

While ADA advocates nutrition therapy as part of a diabetes treatment plan, the white paper, published October 9 in Diabetes Care (2013; doi: 10.2337/dc13- 2042), is clear on the point that no single eating pattern covers all people.

Replacing nutrition-therapy recommendations published in 2008 for the management of adults with diabetes, the 2013 statement provides a set of recommendations based on review of recent scientific evidence. It calls for all adults diagnosed with diabetes to eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods in appropriate portion sizes. This would be done as part of an eating plan that takes into account individual preferences, culture, religious beliefs, traditions and metabolic goals. The report includes a new section on eating patterns, underscoring ADA’s stance that people eat food—not just single nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and fat.

“Just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes does not mean you can no longer enjoy the foods you love or your cultural traditions,” said Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, coordinator of diabetes education programs at the University of Washington Medical Center, Diabetes Care Center. “Ideally the person with diabetes should be referred to a registered dietitian or participate in a diabetes self-management education program, soon after diagnosis. An important goal of nutrition therapy for adults with diabetes includes the collaborative development of an individualized eating plan with ongoing support to promote health behavior change.”

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.