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Message from Christine:

Hello Everyone!
  1. There's now a Registered Dietitian link on every food record.  Please click on a few foods, e.g. Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, and check out the program updates we've made. 
  2. For those of you who still want to participate in the FOODPICKER.org project, here are the instructions.
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: 

Jillian Regan (Registered Dietitian), Ariel Guild, Jennifer Howard, Jessica Berglund, Jessica Cochran, Joy Saudargas, Julie Devlin, Roxana Marincas, and Susan Reese

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

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

I have diabetes and love snacking on nuts (particularly smoked/flavored almonds).  Are nuts ok to snack on and if so, are there certain types I should look for?

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: Robert D. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: blood sugar testing?

How often should I check my glucose if I have type 2 diabetes?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Frequency of testing depends on how well controlled your blood glucose is and the type of medication you use.  If your blood glucose levels vary and are not well controlled, you may be asked to test more frequently.  Ultimately, how often one should check their glucose is determined by their doctor and/or CDE and varies on an individual basis... (click for entire response)

Kate Olson, RD, LDN, CDE (Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator)
Answer: As a general guideline, our Diabetes Care Center generally recommends for patients with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes to check first thing in the morning before breakfast and 2 hours after a meal - this way we can assess both the sugar that your body makes during the night and how your body handles food during the day.  We also recommend checking blood sugars if you are experiencing symptoms of low blood sugar.  If you are on an intensive insulin regimen you will likely need to check your blood sugars more frequently to achieve better control... (click for entire response)

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: It is also a good idea to make a note of the food eaten (amounts of carbohydrates), type and length of exercise or other activities (housework, shopping, yard work) and other things that may affect blood sugar like stress, illness, menstruation and hypoglycemia.  Organize your records in a way that will be easy to analyze... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Most importantly, keep a log with the results of your testing so that you can track how well your current diabetes plan is working with your doctor or Certified Diabetes Educator.  Discuss blood glucose testing with your medical professional to see what is best for your plan... (click for entire response)

Dipti Namjoshi, MS
Answer: With type 2 diabetes self blood glucose monitoring (SBGM) is often performed one to four times a day, often before breakfast, before (pre-prandial) and 2 hours after (post-prandial) the largest meal 3 or 4 days a week.  According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) if insulin is injected to manage diabetes it is recommended to test blood glucose 3 or more times a day... (click for entire response)

Shannon Stout, Graduate Nutrition Student
Answer: Now, about your question…the answer will be different for everyone.  This question should be one you speak with your physician and/or certified diabetes educator about.  The answer will depend on how well your sugar is controlled in the first place.  If you are able to keep control with the help of exercise and diet, you may not need to check it quite as often.  If you are someone who requires more insulin, you may need to check several times a day... (click for entire response)

Gina Maggio, BA
Answer: Regular self-monitoring of blood glucose is extremely important in order to identify your current glucose status as well as what may be the cause of your current glucose status.  You may want to first speak with your physician to implement a blood glucose monitoring schedule along with a target blood glucose goal... (click for entire response)

Tracie Blair, Nutrition Student
Answer: Keeping track of your blood glucose levels is simply one of the best ways to keep track of your diabetes.  It is recommended that you check it a few times throughout the day... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Moonthein Liscomb, Nutrition Student
Answer: Taking charge of your health is of the utmost importance when you have diabetes.  Each individual is different when it comes to checking their own glucose.  Checking with your doctor is your best bet to get the right answer... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: Checking your blood glucose regularly is very beneficial to all those living with diabetes because it gives you the opportunity to see if your diabetes plan is working or not.  It is important to speak to your physician because he or she may recommend you test more or less often depending on the history of your blood glucose and the severity of your diabetes... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Wyckoff, Nutrition Student
Answer: Checking your blood glucose with a meter several times a day is the best way to monitor your diabetes treatment/plan.  It’s especially important to monitor your blood glucose if you’re having a difficult time managing your blood glucose levels throughout the day... (click for entire response)

Iliana Roldan, Nutrition Student
Answer: How often you test your blood sugar levels throughout the day is going to heavily rely on how well controlled your diabetes is.  The more consistent your levels are, the less you have to check it... (click for entire response)


Still interested in volunteering as a Nutrition Editor at FOODPICKER.org?

If you have not yet gotten started but still want to contribute, contact us and we will send you further instructions.

E-mail Christine at nutrition@foodpicker.org to get started.

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