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Cutting Edge Nutrition and Diabetes Care: Moving Diabetes into Primary Care (Vol. 2, No. 2)

Diabetes is a growing epidemic, with over 1 million new cases annually. Due to a shortage of endocrinologists, most people with diabetes are managed by PCPs. This issue highlights RDN roles in DSMES, MNT, overcoming PCP challenges, and improving diabetes outcomes.

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The diabetes epidemic in the United States (US) presents a critical challenge due to a shortage of endocrinologists, leaving primary care providers (PCPs) to manage most cases. Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (DCES), primarily Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), offer crucial support. RDNs deliver Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), while also assisting with insulin pump education, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) training, and medication titration. Integrating DCES into primary care clinics proves successful in enhancing patient care. Additionally, in rural US/Mexico border communities, culturally competent MNT and DSMES, often facilitated by Promotoras, are crucial. The systematic review by Benson et al. suggests expanding RDNs' scope to include initiating and titrating medications, highlighting their potential to improve diabetes care outcomes. This issue aims to broaden your understanding of the vital role played by RDNs and DCES in enhancing diabetes management within the primary care setting.

CPE Level: 2
CPEU: 4.0 (valid until May 1, 2027)

Performance Indicators:

  • 2.1.1 Assesses the communication needs of individuals, groups and populations to provide effective communication.
  • 3.3.1 Educates clients and other stakeholders on the need for and availability of food and nutritional services.
  • 9.2.1 Evaluates learning needs of individuals and target groups.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the significance of patient education and self-management in diabetes care for assisting patients in making informed health decisions.
  • Apply effective lifestyle interventions, such as healthful eating patterns, physical activity, and weight management in diabetes care and prevention for the primary care setting.
  • Identify ways to overcome common challenges or obstacles faced by primary care providers in managing diabetes care.

Release Date: June 1, 2024


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