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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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July 8, 2011
Dr. Bernstein diet and beyond
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
I'd like to respond to some of the feedback we've been receiving about the topic of carbohydrates and their place in your diet. I'm not a dietitian, so I've consulted with Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D., a Mayo Clinic dietitian, who says, "The American Diabetes Association generally recommends that around 50 percent of the calories in your diet come from carbohydrates — preferably healthy carbohydrates such as vegetables, whole grains and fresh fruit. Lean proteins or fat-free dairy and healthy fats should make up the rest of the calories."
The Dr. Bernstein diet, which has been mentioned in some comments, is low-carbohydrate and calorie restrictive. In some cases, it proposes limiting calories to 800 to 1350 a day. The program also includes behavior modification, education and vitamins and mineral supplements. People with diabetes who follow the Dr. Bernstein diet are required to do intensive management of their diabetes, including blood glucose testing five to eight times a day. The main function of Dr. Bernstein's diet for those who have diabetes is to maintain constant, near-normal blood glucose levels — desirable for anyone with diabetes. Good glucose control can reduce or prevent the chronic complications of diabetes such as nerve damage, kidney damage, eye disease and heart disease risks.
When carbohydrates are reduced, you must make up the difference in fat and proteins. Consuming total daily calories at an amount needed to maintain a healthy weight is key and, over the long run, is probably more important than diet composition.
Can good glucose control be achieved on a traditional diet? It most certainly can. Good glucose control involves paying close attention to the balancing act of healthy eating, insulin use (and diabetes medications, if required), exercise and blood glucose monitoring.
Good diabetes management takes self-direction and work, no matter how it's achieved.
According to Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D., "The bottom line is to find a healthy eating plan that works for you lifelong."
Thanks, Jennifer. And, I hope you all have a good week.