The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group recently conducted a study assessing the effectiveness of diabetes prevention using either medication or weight loss via lifestyle changes in pre-diabetic patients. Results demonstrated that both the drug as well as diet and activity coaching reduced the risk of developing diabetes. However, participants in the lifestyle coaching group were 58% less likely to develop diabetes compared to the control group. The lifestyle changes that you, as RDNs help your clients to make, were nearly twice as effective as medication.
Many of you are aware that February is heart health month, and we want to share resources with you that may help improve your clients’ heart health. The stats are scary: One in every four deaths in the U.S. are attributed to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death in the U.S. among both men and women, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. And among women, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, according to the American Heart Association.
Imagine if your clients’ health insurance benefits included receipt of nutritious food. We can dream, right? Good news - this very benefit could be coming to an insurance plan near you.
Your clients may be vegan or vegetarian-curious. Or they may have been following one of these lifestyles for years. When they come to you with their questions about vegan or vegetarian-based eating, where do you turn if you have questions? Here are solid resources from RDNs to use and/or guide clients toward for more information.
Today we’re sharing more resources with you – this time with a focus on diabetes and prediabetes. Whether your client is newly-diagnosed or has been trying to manage his or her condition for 23 years, check below for the perfect RDN-recommended resource for his/her needs. For those of you who counsel clients with these conditions, read on!