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    Diabetes Updates 2015

    I'd like to share some recent updates with you:
    • ADA's A1c Recommendations
    • American Association of Diabetes Educators Conference
    • New Dietary Guidelines
    • CDC Diabetes Statistics
    • ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations
    I will update this page as new research & recommendations are released (so check back periodically).

    Christine Carlson, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
    GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director

           

    Christine Carlson, Registered Dietitian &
    Certified Diabetes Educator


    ADA's A1c Recommendations

    The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends that the A1c be used for diagnosing diabetes and pre-diabetes.  Under the ADA's new recommendations, an A1c of 6.5% or above indicates diabetes while an A1c of 5.7% - 6.4% indicates pre-diabetes.

    For those with diabetes, the ADA recommends an A1c goal of less than 7%.  The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends an A1c goal for those with diabetes of less than 6.5%.

    *I've found many people with diabetes are confused about what an A1c test is (hemoglobin A1c).  The A1c test reveals average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months.  High blood sugar is correlated with diabetes complications.
           

    Diabetes Educator Conference - Update

    Iím back from Vegas and the American Association of Diabetes Educators national conference.

    A few sessions I attended covered:
    • GLP-1 hormone.  Most people with Type 2 diabetes have low levels of GLP-1,
    • Insulin pump therapy as an effective way to treat uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes, and
    • Better results when the entire family is involved (not just just the person with diabetes) in making lifestyle changes.

    I also met two of the inspirational folks from...

    The Biggest Loser

    Jay and Jen Jacobs (father & daughter) who lost a combined total of 295 pounds!

                   

       
    Above Photo:  Jay, Christine, Jen


    New Dietary Guidelines

    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have finally been released!  Recommendations include:
    • Control total calorie intake to manage body weight.
    • Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors.
    • Increase vegetable and fruit intake.
    • Use oils to replace solid fats where possible.
    You can read more by visiting:

    Dietary Guidelines for Americans (policy document USDA)


           


    CDC Diabetes Statistics 2015

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released their Diabetes Fact Sheet with some alarming new statistics.
    • Almost 29.1 million Americans have diabetes.
    • 1.9 million were diagnosed with diabetes (that's approximately 5,200 people diagnosed a day).
    • An estimated 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes (about 35% of all adults over the age of 20).
    You can read more about the CDC's diabetes statistics by visiting:

    CDC Diabetes Fact Sheet

           


    ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations

    The American Diabetes Association has released their Clinical Practice Recommendations.  Their revisions include:
    • The diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes requires only one abnormal value instead of two.
    • Lower limits of A1c targets among children and adolescents have been removed.
    • Additional information on treating complications of advanced chronic kidney disease.

    To read more on the recommendations, visit:

    ADA's Clinical Practice Recommendations 2015


           


    Previous E-mails to Christine (GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director)

    A1c:  What should my A1c level be?

    Acai Berry:  Is all the hype over acai berry for real, is it worth the high cost?

    Alcohol:  Can I have wine with dinner?

    Apple:  How many sugars are in an apple?

    BBQ:  What types of foods should I eat more of and what foods should I avoid at my BBQ?

    Blood Sugar Testing:  How often should I check my blood sugar if I have type 2 diabetes?

    Breakfast:  What are the best items I should choose for breakfast?

    Caffeine:  Does caffeine have any effect on blood sugar either good or bad?

    Carbohydrate:  Carbohydrate or calories?

    Carbohydrate Choices:  What are Carbohydrate Choices?

    Chromium:  Should I be taking Chromium?

    Diabetes:  Can you reverse diabetes?

    Diabetes:  Can you reverse pre-diabetes?

    Diabetes:  How do I change my diabetes profile on the website?

    Diabetes:  Newly diagnosed... Where do I start?

    Dining Out:  We eat out a lot.  Could you give us some suggestions for Japanese and Chinese?

    Dreamfields Pasta:  How does Dreamfields pasta count carbohydrates?

    Exercise:  When should I exercise?

    Fiber:  Which items are the best for fiber?

    Flax:  Should I add ground flax seed to my meal plan?

    Food Exchanges:  Can you explain food exchanges?

    Frozen Shoulder:  Do my symptoms sound like frozen shoulder?

    Fruit:  What is the difference between canned and fresh fruits?

    Fruit Juice:  What can I drink instead of water?

    Fruit Sugar:  Which fruits would be a better choice for me to eat?

    GlucoMenu:  In 9 months, I have lost 50 lbs and my wife has lost 43.  But more importantly...

    GlucoMenu:  Does GlucoMenu work for couples?

    GlucoMenu:  What is GlucoMenu?

    GlucoMenu:  I'm trying to lose weight... What is the lowest calorie level?

    GlucoMenu:  Menus for every season?

    Glucose Test:  My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?

    Gluten:  Should I be eating gluten free products?

    HFCS:  What's all the hype with High Fructose Corn Syrup?

    High Blood Pressure:  What should I order when eating out to limit sodium?

    High Blood Sugar:  My blood sugar levels have been running between 475 to 575.

    High Blood Sugar:  Tired after lunch.  Any suggestions?

    High Cholesterol:  In addition to having diabetes I have high cholesterol.  What can I order?

    Hunger:  What do you advise when I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous?

    Iron:  My iron is low.  What foods do you suggest?

    Lunch:  I have diabetes and work long hours.  Could you give me some tips on what to pack for lunch at work?

    Margarine or Butter:  Why unhealthy margarine instead of butter?

    Medications:  Can you give me some basic information on the medication Metformin?

    Menus:  I need 8 weeks of diabetic menus.  Can you help me with this?

    Nutrition Facts:  What is "other carbohydrate" and why aren't they included in the total carbohydrate count?

    Nuts:  What kind of nuts should I buy?

    Olean:  Where I can buy Olean and what brands of food have it?

    Pre-Diabetes:  I'm concerned & depressed about Pre-Diabetes... Any advice?

    Pre-Diabetes:  What are Pre-Diabetes lifestyle changes?

    Pre-Diabetes:  Newly diagnosed w/ Pre-Diabetes... Where do I start?

    Pre-Diabetes:  Do people with Pre-Diabetes have the same symptoms as those with Type 1 and Type 2?

    Pre-Diabetes:  Trying to lose weight, but now gaining... Suggestions?

    Snack Bars:  What snack bars do you suggest I use?

    Snacking:  How do I avoid overeating when I'm bored?

    Sodium:  Does low sodium mean high in potassium?

    Stevia:  Are Stevia sweeteners safe for someone who has diabetes?

    Sugar Alcohol:  What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohols?

    Tomatoes:  Will tomatoes cause an increase in blood sugar levels?

    Travel:  I have type 2 diabetes and travel quite a bit.  What do you suggest?

    Type 2:  What should I do if I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

    Vinegar:  Do you have any info on taking vinegar tablets or liquid to reduce blood sugar?

    Weight Loss:  Do you think I'm losing weight too fast?

    Weight Loss:  How do I lose weight?

    Yogurt:  What is the best yogurt for someone with Diabetes?

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