Diabetes: Nutritional Management

Diabetes: Nutritional Management 

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. Diabetes affects millions of people in the United States, and is associated with many comorbidities and mortalities every year. Healthcare spending related to diabetes alone has been estimated at more than one hundred billion dollars per year. The mainstays of treatment for diabetes include diet modification, exercise, and medication. This course will cover the nutritional aspects of diabetes treatment. The specific types, mainly types 1 and 2, require slightly different dietary needs. While the diet for type 1 is geared more toward carbohydrate management and consuming a consistent diet, type 2 is geared more toward weight loss and portion control. This course is intended for medical professionals who care for individuals diagnosed with diabetes. Throughout this course, you will do interactive exercises to educate you on the importance of good nutrition in the diabetic patient and help you apply these skills with the individuals you serve.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-DNM
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Explain nutrition in relation to the balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Summarize to the individual with diabetes the three most important elements of a healthy diet regimen.
Describe at least three critical complications of uncontrolled diabetes, along with the benefits of following an appropriate diabetic diet.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Basic Information A. April’s Clinic Visit B. The Etiology of Diabetes C. Types of Diabetes D. Risk Factors E. Insulin Secretion Review F. Summary Section 3: Management of Diabetes A. Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia B. Weight Loss C. BMI D. Exercise E. Alcohol Intake F. Medications G. Remember April? H. Summary Section 4: Dietary Management of Diabetes A. Updated Dietary Recommendations B. MyPlate Recommendations C. Portion Control and Serving Sizes D. Examples of Serving Sizes E. Carbohydrate Counting F. Glycemic Index G. The ABCs of Nutritional Goals H. Type Specifics I. ADA Recommendations J. Diet Review K. Summary Section 5: Nutritional Teaching A. The Differences between Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fats B. Fiber and Its Effects on Blood Sugar C. Carbohydrate Counting and Insulin Ratios D. Determining Ratios E. Teaching Serving Sizes F. Calculating Caloric Needs G. Calculating Caloric Formulas H. More about Caloric Needs I. Quick Check J. Sodium Intake K. Dairy L. Sugar and Desserts M. Whole Grain Foods N. Whole Grain Labeling O. Nutrient Content Claims P. April’s Dinner Q. Summary Section 6: Barriers and Complications A. Socioeconomic Status B. Cultural Considerations C. Health Insurance Costs D. Access to Good Food Choices E. Complications of Uncontrolled Diabetes F. Cigarette Smoking and Diabetes G. Barriers to Treatment H. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Terry Gregoire, RN, BSN, PHN II, NCSN
Terry Gregoire, BSN, RN, NCSN currently works as a Public Health Nurse in the school system. Terry has 3 years Pediatric ICU experience and 8 years hospital experience in adult and pediatric units. She is Board Certified in School Nursing. She enjoys her role as staff health educator and school nurse at Forest Park Elementary and has been a school nurse for 5 years. Terry fills in during the summer months working in Communicable Disease/Immunizations of her Public Health Department. Disclosure: Terry Gregoire, RN, BSN, PHN II, NCSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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