Diabetes Educator Conference - Update
Iím back from Vegas and the American Association of Diabetes Educators national conference.
A few sessions I attended covered:
GLP-1 hormone. Most people with type 2 diabetes have low levels of GLP-1,
Insulin pump therapy as an effective way to treat uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, and
Better results when the entire family is involved (not just just the person with diabetes)
in making lifestyle changes.
I also met two of the inspirational folks from...
The Biggest Loser
Jay and Jen Jacobs (father & daughter) who lost a combined total of 295 pounds!
Above Photo: Jay, Christine, Jen
I've found many people with diabetes are confused about what an A1c test is (hemoglobin A1c). The A1c test reveals average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months. High blood sugar is correlated with diabetes complications.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends that the A1c be used for diagnosing diabetes and pre-diabetes. Under the ADA's new recommendations, an A1c of 6.5% or above indicates diabetes while an A1c of 5.7% - 6.4% indicates pre-diabetes.
For those with diabetes, the ADA recommends an A1c goal of less than 7%. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends an A1c goal for those with diabetes of less than 6.5%.
Recipe Newsletter 3/11/2014
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
Pre-Diabetes is a condition where one has fasting blood sugar levels above normal (blood sugar
between 100-125 mg/dl) but the blood sugar levels are not high enough to diagnose diabetes
(fasting blood sugar above 126 mg/dl). Pre-Diabetes was previously called impaired glucose
tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. Those with Pre-Diabetes are at greater risk for
developing Type 2 Diabetes, but there are preventative measures including weight loss, increased
physical activity, and following a healthy meal plan.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has recently found
that those with Pre-Diabetes can make simple lifestyle changes to reduce risk
for diabetes later in life. The DPP found that subjects with Pre-Diabetes
experienced a 58% reduction of risk for Type 2 diabetes when they:
lost a modest amount of weight (5-7% of their body weight),
exercised at moderate intensity for an average of 30 minutes a day, five days per week (most chose to walk for exercise), and
lowered their intake of fat and calories.
Those following the lifestyle changes were able to reduce their risk even
more so than those taking medications to lower blood sugar. These
preventative measures can "turn back the clock" and return elevated
blood sugar to normal levels.
Can Pre-Diabetes be reversed?
Yes, if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes you can actually reverse it BUT those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes cannot.
Research shows those with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay a diagnosis of diabetes by making lifestyle changes including eating right, physical activity, and weight loss.
Here is what the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse says about reversing pre-diabetes:
Physical activity and weight loss help the body respond better to insulin. By losing weight and being more physically active, people with insulin resistance or pre-diabetes
may avoid developing type 2 diabetes.
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