Monday, October 28, 2013

New Nutrition Guidelines from the American Diabetes Association: One Size Does Not Fit All

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has released a new position statement on nutrition therapy for patients with diabetes in Diabetes Care, October 2013. The last statement was published in 2008.

These new guidelines acknowledge there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to recommending nutrition therapy for patients with diabetes. All nutrition therapy should be individualized suggesting patients consider their individual goals and choose an eating pattern that fits their food preferences, yet is still nutritional.

Practice Pearls:
  • New nutrition guidelines available replace those from 2008 and acknowledge there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to eating plans.
  • Recommendation of portion sizes should take into account individual preferences, culture, religious beliefs, traditions and metabolic goals.
  • Patients with diabetes should receive individualized nutrition therapy to improve clinical outcomes.

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