Diabetes – A Personalized Solution for a Global Problem

“By 2040, over 640 million of us may be living with diabetes.” On November 14th, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) hosted World Diabetes Day and offered information from the 7th edition of its Diabetes Atlas. These numbers are staggering and yet we know the best thing we can do as health care professionals is to never lose sight of the fact that our patients and clients are more than a number. They are people struggling with illness, looking for answers that will speak to them and the unique and challenging lives they lead.

In its World Diabetes Day campaign, the IDF identified “healthy eating as a key factor in the fight against diabetes and a cornerstone of health and sustainable development.” The dietitian has never been more needed in the fight to curtail the diabetes epidemic.  The American Diabetes Association identifies a registered dietitian (and ideally one who is also a certified diabetes educator) as a key member of the health care team who can help a patient:

  • learn how foods affect blood sugar and blood fat levels
  • balance food with medications and activity
  • read food labels
  • plan meals including eating out and special events
  • include ethnic or foreign foods into meals
  • find good cookbooks and make food substitutions
  • and more….

Keeping Joslin Diabetes Deskbookabreast of what’s new is essential for any dietitian, but even more important in the dynamic world of diabetes prevention and management. This month we are featuring a new self-study course based on the 3rd edition of the Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook: A Guide for Primary Care Providers (48 CPEU/ CEU). This classic resource is a must-have for your practice. The new edition has been completely revised to provide evidence-based diabetes information, as well as the most up-to-date approaches to the diagnosis, management and treatment of diabetes.

Skelly Skills also offers a range of other diabetes continuing education activities including our brand-new on-demand webinar series Mindful Eating for Diabetes Made Easy (6 CPEU/CEU) which includes a free eBook, with dialogue and handouts to help you use mindfulness techniques with your diabetes clients. Also, please sign-up for our e-newsletter to be notified of our free CE monthly webinars, many of which are diabetes-related.  

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