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Diabetes and Dietary Patterns: What Should I be Eating
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Andrea Dunn, RD, LD, CDE

  • Center for Human Nutrition
  • Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and an overwhelming public health concern. In 2015, there were 30.3 million Americans (9.4% of the population) diagnosed with diabetes; and it was estimated that 7.2 million of these individuals did not know that they had diabetes. Newly diagnosed cases in the U.S. accounted for 1.5 million people and 84.1 million aged 18 years or older had the symptoms of prediabetes.

Diabetes is a global concern spreading where it is estimated that 422 million people have diabetes.

One way to control diabetes revolves around nutrition, but there isn’t one diet for people with diabetes. So what should you be eating to optimize your nutrition health when you have diabetes? Does your diabetes medication impact your eating times and food choices? Do you know how to prevent and/or treat a low blood sugar reaction if you have one?

There are nutritional guidelines from the American Diabetes Association that focus on overall eating patterns and patient preference, rather than any particular diet. The evidence-based position statement "Nutrition Therapy Recommendations for the Management of Adults with Diabetes," was published in 2013 in Diabetes Care, and reviews the evidence for several popular eating plans, including Mediterranean style, vegetarian, and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)but does not recommend any specific one.

This chat will discuss patterns of eating that can be helpful in managing your diabetes. Join us to learn more during this one hour web chat with registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Andrea Dunn, and ask questions on what you can eat AND when you should eat to help you manage your type 2 diabetes.

About the Speaker
Andrea Dunn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with the Center for Human Nutrition. She focuses patient counseling on diabetes management and prevention, weight and cholesterol/blood pressure management. She takes an individual approach to each patient’s lifestyle, learning needs and readiness to change.

Andrea completed her undergraduate degree at Notre Dame College of Ohio and her internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She volunteers with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, currently serving as liaison to the National Diabetes Education Program. She is an associate editor for Diabetes Spectrum Journal and is on the Health Professional Board for the California Walnut Commission.

To make an appointment with Andrea Dunn, or any of the other specialists in Cleveland Clinic’s Outpatient nutrition department, please call 216. 444-3046, toll-free at 800.223.2273 (extension 43046) or visit us at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/digestive/depts/nutrition-therapy#appointments-tab for more information.

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