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Message from Christine:

The American Diabetes Association has released their Clinical Practice Recommendations for 2011.  Their revisions include:
  • The diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes requires only one abnormal value instead of two.
  • Lower limits of A1c targets among children and adolescents have been removed.
  • Additional information on treating complications of advanced chronic kidney disease.

To read more on the recommendations, visit:

ADA's Clinical Practice Recommendations 2011

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: 

Desha McNeair, Dipti Namjoshi, Erin Healy, Lindsay Obermeyer, Kimberly Young, Krista Neugebauer, and Rachel Wenzel

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Jim W. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: do I have diabetes?

My A1c test result is 6.4% and my fasting blood sugar level is 113.  Do these numbers sound like diabetes and if so what do I do now?

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!

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Last week's question:

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 I’m 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?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Kate Olson, RD, LDN, CDE (Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator)
Answer: Sweet potatoes are a starchy vegetable which means that they do not fall into the "free" category of other non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, carrots, cauliflower, and tomatoes; however, this vegetable can still be included in a healthy diet for anyone with or without diabetes... (click for entire response)

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: You mentioned that you are trying to follow a low-fat diet.  Good for you!  However, you should be aware that just because a product says “low-fat” on it, does not necessarily make it a healthy choice.  Many food companies, when taking out a nutrient – such as fat, may actually add more of another nutrient, such as carbohydrates, sugar or sodium to that food. When purchasing something low-fat, low-sugar, etc. take a look at the original version (if there is one) and see if you can pick out what they’ve changed.  It may be low-fat, but might be higher in calories, carbohydrates, sugar and/or sodium – making it a less healthy food in the long run... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Sweet potatoes are ok to eat in your diet as they are a good source of Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium.  Like other carbohydrate sources, it is important to monitor your portion size... (click for entire response)

Amy Gilman, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients.  They are an orange color, which usually indicates that they are packed with beta-carotene (a special kind of Vitamin A).  Vitamin A helps the body fight free-radicals (cancer causing agents).  Sweet potatoes are also a good source of potassium and fiber.  Other beneficial nutrients are found in sweet potatoes in smaller amounts such as magnesium, phosphorus and calcium... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Sweet potatoes are definitely okay to include in your diet -- just watch your portion sizes and preparation methods (watch the butter and brown sugar).  The size of your fist is a good guide for potato size... (click for entire response)

Jacqueline MacLasco, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Sweet potatoes are especially high in beta carotene which provides the starting pieces for vitamin A.  This benefit is too good to pass up!  A serving size of cooked sweet potato is 1/2 cup so keep that in mind when dishing out your sweet potatoes.  Watching the fat is still important because many times the sweet potato dishes can have a good amount of fat included... (click for entire response)

Kaylee Sprau, Coordinated Dietetic Program Student
Answer: All foods are acceptable in a diabetic diet.  The key is just to keep it in moderation.  Sweet potatoes are considered a vegetable but they fall into the same category with all other white potatoes, green peas and corn.  This is because they all contain a high amount of carbohydrates compared to other vegetables.  Most vegetables contain only 5g of carbohydrates per serving where a potato is about 15g per serving... (click for entire response)

Iris Pacheco, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: It’s all about moderation and making sure you do not eat too much carbohydrate rich foods in a meal.  All foods contribute to your blood glucose, but it is the carbohydrate rich foods that really make your blood glucose levels rise.  Sweet potato is a carbohydrate rich vegetable because it is a starchy vegetable... (click for entire response)

Tracie Blair, Nutrition Student
Answer: Well, since you are already diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes you need to be especially careful about your health.  Loose weight if you need too.  Cut out simple carbohydrate foods.  Drink lots of water and lay off carbonated beverages.  But what to do with a potato?  And a sweet potato at that… I say eat it. BUT eat it the right way... (click for entire response)

Lindsay Obermeyer, Nutrition Student
Answer: Half a medium sweet potato is considered one carbohydrate exchange (15 g carbohydrate).  The sweet potato is much higher in dietary fiber and lower in starch than the russet potato, and is therefore considered a better choice for those with diabetes... (click for entire response)


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