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Diabetes educators, patients must collaborate on individualized medical nutrition therapy

11:53 EDT 5 Aug 2017 | Healio

INDIANAPOLIS — Medical nutrition therapy is an effective strategy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, yet dietetic professionals are not doing enough to “shout from the mountaintops” that nutrition therapy can lower HbA1c, according to a speaker here.Speaking at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting, Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, manager of nutrition and diabetes education programs at the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics in Seattle, stressed that for medical nutrition therapy, or MNT, to be effective, it must be individualized in a collaborative way to meet the needs of the person the dietician or certified diabetes educator is working with. A single nutrition intervention, Evert said, cannot work with every patient, and new, emerging research means trends and recommendations are often changing.

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