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Articles  |   August 2003
Implementing the American Diabetes Association's Nutrition Recommendations
Author Notes
  • Ms Leontos is a professor at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension in Las Vegas. 
  • Correspondence to Carolyn Leontos, MS, RD, CDE, University of Nevada, 2345 Red Rock St, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89146.E-mail: leontos@sbcglobal.net 
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Endocrinology / Diabetes
Articles   |   August 2003
Implementing the American Diabetes Association's Nutrition Recommendations
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2003, Vol. 103, S17-S20. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2003, Vol. 103, S17-S20. doi:
Abstract

Evidence-based “Nutrition Principles and Recommendations for the Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes and Related Complications” outline the goals of medical nutrition therapy for type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Those goals are (1) to attain and maintain optimal metabolic outcomes, (2) to prevent and treat the chronic complications of diabetes, (3) to improve health through healthy food choices and through physical activity, and (4) to address individual patient nutritional needs. Discussion focuses on moderate caloric restriction and an increase in physical activity. Carbohydrate counting is offered as an option for all patients with diabetes. Working with other health care professionals can be a benefit to both the primary health care provider and the patient.

 Ms Leontos is on the speakers bureaus of Aventis and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; she is on the Diabetes Education Advisory Board of Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc, and the Diabetes Educators Focus Group of Roche Pharmaceuticals; and she is a stockholder in Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson.