We have all heard the statistics related to the large number of people living with diabetes. We know of the need for eye exams, foot exams, routine labs. Aside from what we do in our practices what else can we do to set our patients with diabetes up for success? There are options.
A key component of managing one’s diabetes is understanding the impact of food on blood glucose. There is no one eating pattern that is recommended; each person living with diabetes needs an individualized plan. According to the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2021, each person with diabetes should be referred to diabetes-focused Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Diabetes-focused MNT is provided by a Registered Dietitian preferably with comprehensive knowledge in diabetes care.
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) is another great option. DSMES has an evidence-grade level A in the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2021. All people living with diabetes should participate in diabetes self-management education and receive the support they need to master diabetes self-care. DSMES services are frequently staffed by both RNs, RDs and may also include a pharmacist making it easy to make a DSMES or diabetes-focused MNT referral.
To find DSMES-MNT services near you please go to www.mihealthyprograms.org. A non-health system branded referral form can be found by clicking here.