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Message from Christine:

I'd like to share some responses I received regarding last week's newsletter topic, "many people with diabetes refer to themselves as 'diabetic' but the American Diabetes Association prefers using 'person with diabetes' when referring to patients." 

Last year, I completed my dietetic internship through University of SD Center for Disabilities.  I most commonly worked with individuals who had various developmental and personality disorders.  During the internship, our director stressed the importance of using 'person first language'.  I was taught that the individual's characteristics define who they are and not their disease, and that's why person first language should be used.  Like you mentioned, using 'a person with diabetes' instead of 'a diabetic'.
Lauren Siegfried, RD

I was interviewing for a job at a diabetes clinic (before I was a dietitian) and I used the term "diabetic" when answering a question.  Needless to say, I got supremely chewed out.  It had never occurred to me that it could be offensive, but now I can see how it can be.
Cheyna Shumway Palmer RD, CD

Have a great week!

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator


This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Robert S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: how much protein should I get?

Since I've been diagnosed with diabetes, a lot of people have given me advice about how much carbohydrate and fat to eat.  I'm wondering about protein.  How much protein should I get in my diet and from what foods besides meat?

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Last week's question:

From: Susan R. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: ideal blood sugar level?

I have diabetes and my blood sugar is all over the map.  Could you please tell me the ideal blood sugar level?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: The ideal blood sugar level depends on when you are testing, such as before or after you eat.  Readings may be ‘all over the map’ depending on the timing of tests.  The American Diabetes Association states that “the normal range for non-fasting blood glucose (sugar) taken 1-2 hours after a meal is less than 180 mg/dl... (click for entire response)

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: According to the American Diabetes Association, blood sugar levels before a meal should be 70-130 and under 180 2 hours after a meal.  These numbers however are not considered... (click for entire response)

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Before meals the ideal range for blood sugars is 70-100 mg/dL, an acceptable range is 70-130 mg/dL.  Two hours after the start... (click for entire response)

Brittany Wright, Dietetic Intern
Answer: This is an important step in diabetes management, as a prolonged uncontrolled blood glucose level can result in many complications, including damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, and cardiovascular system... (click for entire response)

Ashley Meuser, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: The recommended blood sugar levels depend on when you are testing – before you eat, after you eat, and before going to bed.  Readings done at these times will be different from each other and may seem to be “all over the map.”  The American Diabetes Association provides these blood sugar recommendations... (click for entire response)

Katrina Keyser, BS
Answer: The first question you should ask yourself is when exactly are you measuring your blood sugar?  Because there will be a difference between your pre-prandial (before your meal) and your post-prandial blood (after your meal) blood sugar reading... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: Determining a normal blood sugar level is a little tricky to figure out because it will vary depending on the time you test and the last time you ate.  For the most part what you want to aim for is... (click for entire response)

Rasha Husseini, BS
Answer: To check your blood glucose levels, consult your physician or certified diabetes educator.  You can also use a special device known as a glucometer to measure your glucose levels.  The American Diabetes Association recommends keeping a log of your glucose measurements to assess how well your condition is being controlled... (click for entire response)

Carol Carr, Nutrition Student
Answer: When you finish the blood glucose check, write down your results and review them to see how food, activity and stress affect your blood glucose.  Take a close look at your blood glucose record to see if your level is too high or too low several days in a row at about the same time.  If the same thing keeps happening, it might be time to discuss changing your plan with your doctor... (click for entire response)

Claudia Thompson, Nutrition Student
Answer: When planning your meals you are going to want to aim for a combination of foods that will gradually raise and lower your blood sugar avoiding the large spikes in blood glucose levels which are harder for your body to handle.  The easiest way to do this is to make sure your meal or snack has a balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat... (click for entire response)

Yi-Ming Law, Nutrition Student
Answer: Losing weight, eating well, and exercise are great for helping to control blood sugar levels.  Be sure to consult a dietitian or physician to create an individualized eating plan to help you go about your goal of keeping your blood sugars at a consistent level... (click for entire response)

Natasha Vania, Nutrition Student
Answer: Some helpful tips to help control blood glucose is to consume meals and snacks periodically throughout the day so that you can maintain a constant blood glucose level throughout the day, while minimizing dramatic spikes from low to high.  Also exercising regularly... (click for entire response)


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