American Diabetes Association Releases New Nutritional Guidelines

American Diabetes Association: October 9, 2013


Statement Notes: When It Comes to Nutrition, There is No “One Size Fits All”

The American Diabetes Association recommends all people living with diabetes make nutrition therapy a part of their diabetes treatment plan, but emphasizes that there is no single eating pattern that is best for everyone, according to a position statement being published online Oct. 9 in Diabetes Care.

This position statement replaces the nutrition therapy recommendations for the management of adults with diabetes published in 2008.  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 as part of an eating plan that takes into account individual preferences, culture, religious beliefs, traditions and metabolic goals. Since people eat food and not single nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and fat, the report includes a new section on eating patterns.

“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 – 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.” read  more