Panelists to Discuss Latest Research on Hot Topics in Diabetes Nutrition

Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE

Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE

When diabetes educators have questions about the current nutrition management recommendations for people with diabetes, Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE, encourages them to “go to the research.” To assist with exploring the pertinent research, a panel of seasoned dietitian/diabetes educators will address “Hot Topics in Nutrition Management and Dietary Patterns Across the Diabetes Spectrum: Translating Research into Practice” on Friday at 2:00 pm in Room 236-239.

“Nutrition is always hot. That ‘so what should I eat’ question is a number one topic for people with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes. People hear so much chatter online about nutrition and what to eat and what not to eat and which diet is best for diabetes and weight loss. It is a challenge today for diabetes educators to keep current on the research and offer evidence-based answers to their clients,” said Warshaw, who is Owner, Hope Warshaw Associates, LLC and immediate past president of AADE.

She has assembled of panel of colleagues who literally helped write the book on nutrition in diabetes. They are all chapter authors of the 3rd edition of the book from the American Diabetes Association, “Guide to Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes.”

Warshaw said she will set the stage for the panelists’ presentations. Each panelist will address the classic and recent studies on a type of diabetes with the key findings. They’ll address how those findings have an impact on today’s clinical guidelines and optimal dietary pattern recommendations, and offer practical guidance for clinicians.

Gretchen Youssef, MS, RD, CDE, Program Director, MedStar Diabetes Institute, MedStar Health, will highlight nutrition management in the prevention and/or delay of type 2 diabetes.

“Gretchen Youssef wrote the prevention/delay of type 2 diabetes chapter in the new book,” said Warshaw.  “She was also a clinician on the original NIH-funded Diabetes Prevention Program study, so she has deep background in that area.”

She will be followed by Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, Manager of Nutrition and Diabetes Program, University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics and co-editor of the ADA book, who will address nutrition management of type 2 diabetes and weight management.

Patti Urbanski, MEd, RD, LD, CDE, Certified Diabetes Education and Clinical Dietitian, St. Luke’s Diabetes Care Program, Coordinator Diabetes Education, will wrap up with a look at nutrition management of type 1 diabetes and latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA).

Each speaker will pose questions following their presentation for a rapid-fire discussion among session attendees. Warshaw expects lively audience participation during the discussion segments. Attendees will hopefully come away with new research findings, practical pointers and a larger breadth of go-to evidence-based resources and avenues with which to answer their and their client’s questions.

“With these resources in hand, they’ll be able to offer evidence-based answers to common questions that their clients and colleagues raise,” she said, citing some of the resources she’ll cover in her wrap-up, including AADE position statements and practice papers, ADA nutrition recommendations and standards of care and the joint position statement on diabetes self-management education and support.

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