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Message from Christine:

Here are some worldwide diabetes statistics that are staggering:
  • In 1985, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimated 30 million people had diabetes worldwide.
  • Today, it is estimated 285 million people have diabetes worldwide.
  • The IDF is now predicting that by 2030 the total number of those with diabetes will grow to 435 million!

Diabetes is a global health issue.  The need for prevention and intervention by health care professionals can help to reduce the projected numbers for 2030.  You can learn more about the IDF worldwide estimates by visiting:

International Diabetes Foundation

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


We'd like to recognize the following FOODPICKER.org Contributors!

FOODPICKER.org Contributors: 

Crystal Rowan (Registered Dietitian), Alonna Pitreau, Collette Powers, and Jami Kaltenbronn

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Kara D. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: Sweet potatoes & pre-diabetes?

I was recently diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes and Iím trying to follow a low fat diet.  I have a question I hope that you can answer.  Are sweet potatoes considered a vegetable and are they ok to eat in my diet?

After you answer a question on your blog please e-mail nutrition@foodpicker.org with the link (so we know that you posted).  The deadline is every Sunday at midnight.  We will post several responses in our next newsletter!

Example: Christine's Blog


Last week's question:

From: James R. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: Diabetes & New Year's celebration?

I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and my wife has pre-diabetes.  New Year's Eve we always have a large celebration with cocktails and lots of food.  We are growing weary of the party this year given my new diagnosis.  Any tips on how we can still enjoy the party?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Kate Olson, RD, LDN, CDE (Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator)
Answer: If you take insulin or glyburide/glimipiride, be aware that alcohol can lead to risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) up to 12 hours after ingestion.  Excessive drinking with metformin is also discouraged due to risk for lactic acidosis.  Alcohol also has a lot of empty calories and can impair your judgment about what you eat as well as your overall safety... (click for entire response)

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Holiday parties can be difficult, especially when alcohol is involved.  Alcohol can lead to lowering inhibitions and increasing food intake.  Alcohol can also cause low blood sugars, hypoglycemia, anywhere from 6-12 hours after alcohol ingestion.  Symptoms of too much alcohol and hypoglycemia are very similar and can easily be confused... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Here are some tips to how you can still enjoy the party without over indulging:  Mingle away from the food where you wont be as tempted to constantly graze.  Focus on catching up with old friends and not the food.  Remain active earlier in the day to burn additional calories that may be consumed at the celebration.  Eat a healthy, balanced meal/snack before the celebration Ė showing up hungry could lead to over eating.  If you snack, choose raw vegetables, pretzels or popcorn.  Avoid the cakes, cookies, and crackers... (click for entire response)

Nausheen Karim, Registration Eligible
Answer: Focus on family and friends instead of food; itís the best time to catch up with what is going on in their lives.  Eat moderately and slowly: enjoy the food and make sure your portions are reasonable.  Donít skip meals if you do so it will be harder to control your blood sugar and you intend to eat more... (click for entire response)

Amy Gilman, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Try incorporating a new tradition into your celebration.  For example, find a healthy recipe for an hors díoeuvre.  Fill most of your plate with your healthy dish and then take small samples of other food.  Check your local grocery store for healthy cooking magazines or cookbooks, or do a Google search if you need recipe ideas.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially before the celebration begins.  It will make you feel fuller and may help prevent eating or drinking too much... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: If you do have a drink, do so with a meal as the food will help delay the absorption of the alcohol.  If possible, stick with sparkling water with either a lemon, lime, or orange slice for flavor.  Save your calories for your meal.  Small salad plates help you to keep your portion sizes in check... (click for entire response)

Kimberly Young, Coordinated Dietetic Program Student
Answer: New Yearís is definitely a time to celebrate and you can do so in many ways.  Focus on good company and good conversation.  Eat treats and drink cocktails in moderation and keep the portion sizes to a minimum.  Monitor your blood sugar levels often... (click for entire response)

Iris Pacheco, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: It is all about moderation and watching in particular the carbohydrate rich foods that are being served.  Foods contribute to your blood glucose levels, but it is the carbohydrate rich foods like breads, starchy vegetables, crackers, and desserts that really make blood glucose levels rise.  Also, some alcoholic beverages can contain lots of carbohydrates... (click for entire response)

Jasmina Popovski, Nutrition Student
Answer: Believe it or not it is more pleasurable to eat less and enjoy slowly while conversing with a friend than eating a lot and not feeling so well soon after... (click for entire response)

Kellie Dickinson, Nutrition Student
Answer: When attending a New Years party, have your own meal before going.  If you go to a party filled with calorie temptations on a ravenous stomach, you are not going to be able to hold yourself back.  Itís just not realistic.  So, go to the party after a light dinner and you will be much less tempted to eat... (click for entire response)


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