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Message from Christine:

Hello Everyone!  A couple updates to note:
  1. 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.
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Thank you for your efforts!

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: 

Lisa Warlick (Registered Dietitian), Alpana Bhargava, Crysta Baldwin, Dahlia Gerges, Kara Kuresman, Kelsey Vaughn, and Kenlyn Young

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Mike T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: diabetes & smoothies?

I have type 2 diabetes.  I am wondering if I could have fruit smoothies?  If I can, which ingredients I should include and avoid?

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: 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?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Kate Olson, RD, LDN, CDE (Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator)
Answer: Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when a person has 2 separate fasting blood sugar levels greater than or equal to 126 mg/dL or a random blood sugar greater than 200 mg/dL.  A1C has recently been approved as a way to diagnose diabetes as well... (click for entire response)

Amy Gilman, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Talk with your doctor about your lab results as soon as you can, if you have not done so already.  There are many ways you can incorporate lifestyle intervention strategies to help delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.  Some intervention strategies include addressing physical activity, weight loss, dietary intake, including whole grains and fiber and dietary fat... (click for entire response)

Shannon Stout, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: Most often diet and exercise are the first changes to make.  A Registered Dietitian or Certified Diabetes Educator are two professionals that will be able to help with dietary adjustments.  Again, speak with your doctor before you begin an exercise program.  You will want to know your limitations to help limit the risk of injury... (click for entire response)

Gina Maggio, BA
Answer: According to The American Diabetes Association, A1C percentages between 5.7% and 6.4% indicate Pre-Diabetes.  Fasting blood sugar levels that fall between 100 and 125 also indicate Pre-Diabetes.  Considering each of your lab tests display numbers within these ranges, you may want to discuss with your doctor whether these results along with any other symptoms you may have indicate a diagnosis of Pre-Diabetes... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Moonthein Liscomb, Nutrition Student
Answer: There are dietary strategies that you will need to understand, such as carbohydrate counting and exchange lists for meal planning.  These are dietary strategies that individuals with diabetes use to keep their blood sugar levels stabilized... (click for entire response)

Iliana Roldan, Nutrition Student
Answer: If you indeed do have pre-diabetes, the good news is that this is the only time you have to reverse it or prolong it from becoming full blown diabetes mellitus.  This can be done by: losing excess pounds, exercising (helps your body use insulin better), monitoring your carbohydrate intake.  Preventing type 2 diabetes will also prevent other diseases that eventually accompany diabetes such as high blood pressure, retinopathy, and kidney disease. ... (click for entire response)


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