American Dietetic Association journal article emphasizes diabetes nutrition therapy

ST. LOUIS — The Journal of the American Dietetic Association has published a list of nutritional practice guidelines for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in its December issue.

Researchers reviewed research literature to create recommendations and practice guidelines centered on carbohydrates, protein intake, cardiovascular disease and weight management. Dietitians, according to the article, can encourage lifestyle changes and select appropriate interventions based on recommendations that include balancing nutritional intake with insulin doses, physical activity, weight management strategies and use of blood-glucose data.

“This publication has reviewed the process for developing the guidelines; identified major and contributing factors for diabetes nutrition therapy; reviewed and summarized research; and stated the nutrition practice recommendations that are to be integrated into the nutrition care process,” lead author and nutrition consultant Marion Franz said. “The nutrition practice guidelines provide recommendations for assessing client [and] patient needs and for selecting interventions, monitoring and evaluating outcomes.”