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New Nutrition Guidelines for Diabetes Care

Recommendations for prevention and management based on latest evidence

MONDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The American Diabetes Association has updated and revised its medical nutrition therapy guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes, based on the latest research. The wide-ranging recommendations are spelled out in a position statement of the American Diabetes Association published in a supplement to the January issue of Diabetes Care.

A panel of writers, co-chaired by John P. Bantle, M.D., of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and Judith Wylie-Rosett, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., looked at research in the field published since 2000 with the goal of providing diabetic patients and their health care providers with the latest information about the benefits of nutritional interventions.

Overweight and obesity play a key role in the recommendations due to their close link to diabetes. The primary prevention of diabetes through nutritional choices, the management of diabetes to prevent or slow development of the disease while setting manageable goals for diabetics, and nutrition interventions targeted at specific populations are all covered in detail.

"Achieving nutrition-related goals requires a coordinated team effort that includes the person with diabetes and involves him or her in the decision-making process," the authors write. "It is recommended that a registered dietitian, knowledgeable and skilled in medical nutritional therapy, be the team member who plays the leading role."

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