Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

Could Dairy Fat Have Different Effects Than Other Fats Related to Type 2 Diabetes?

You are likely aware of the growing debate playing out in the media among scientists and health experts about the health consequences of fat, particularly saturated fats. Although current guidelines recommend that consumption of saturated fat from any source be limited to no more than 10 percent of calories, emerging research is beginning to show that not all types of saturated fats have the same effect on health. While it’s too early to make sweeping nutrition recommendations, it’s critical that we, as health and wellness experts, are aware of the advances.

One recent example is a large European study (free full text available) which found that the type of fatty acids circulating in the blood differ when it comes to the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D).


Temperature is Not the Only Thing Rising this Summer: American Adults with Diabetes Reaches 29 Million

Just recently the CDC released the National Diabetes Statistics Report and it stated that in 2012 more than 29.1 million American adults 20 years or older have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 20.8 million in 2011. According to the report, type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95 percent of diagnosed cases in adults. As we look ahead at the health of our nation, the report also noted that another 86 million adults have prediabetes, putting them at high risk for development of type 2 diabetes.  The 2012 estimated cost of diabetes in the US is a staggering $245 billion (direct and indirect) per year.


(Guest Post) National Diabetes Month: How Dairy Foods Can Play a Role in Diabetes Management

This is a guest post written by Bushra Hassan. Bushra is currently a Health and Wellness Communications Dietetic Intern at NDC. She is in the Dietetic Internship and MBA combined program at Dominican University where she plans on graduating in May 2014. To learn more about Bushra, check out her full bio here.

November is National Diabetes Month! Now is the perfect time to look closer at this growing issue in the United States. Did you know that, as of 2010, an estimated 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, or about 8.3 percent of the U.S. population? Of this number, it is estimated that 7 million do not know they have it. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently released a position paper, mentioned in this post by Judy Jarvis and Kim Kirchherr, which supports the role of nutrition as one important part for the management of diabetes.


Looking Ahead: The Dairy Industry in 2012

I recently sat down with to discuss key challenges—both in terms of research and communication—that the industry will face in 2012.

As a health professional, I believe there is room to be much more aggressive in communicating new science around dairy foods, milk fat and cardiovascular health and emerging research around dairy’s role in reduced risk of diabetes and lower blood pressure.


New Study Shows Self-Perceived Lactose Intolerance May Lead to Nutrient Shortcomings

In the June 2011 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study by Theresa Nicklas, et al., found individuals who perceive themselves to be lactose intolerant tend to avoid dairy foods, which may lead to nutrient shortcomings that can predispose them to negative health outcomes such as poor bone health, higher blood pressure and increased risk of colon cancer and diabetes.


The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010: Raising the Bar for Child Nutrition

This is a guest post written by Bridget Swinney MS, RD, LD. Bridget is an award-winning author of Eating Expectantly, Healthy Food for Healthy Kids and Baby Bites and the founder of As a nutrition consultant in Texas, she works with children who are nutritionally at risk; she is also a media representative for the Texas Dietetic Association. She writes her own blog, Baby Bites. She is the mother of two and has volunteered with her local school district for more than 15 years, most recently serving as chair of the School Health Advisory Council. Bridget is a member of National Dairy Council’s Child Nutrition Speaker’s Bureau.

In the health and nutrition department, it was a very good few months for America’s children. In December, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, also known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, into law. Last month, the USDA fulfilled one of the tasks set forth in the bill: proposing a rule for changes to the nutrition standards for school meals—the first update in more than 15 years.


Putting Your Patient in the Driver’s Seat – A Roadmap for Managing Diabetes

The CDC recently reported that diabetes in the U.S. could double or triple by the year 2050.  That means up to one third of adults could have diabetes by then due in part to weight gain and sedentary lifestyles.  As fellow health and nutrition professionals, I think you’ll agree that the current prevalence in the U.S. is already too high at one in 10 adults, or about 24 million people, having mostly type 2 diabetes.

As a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator, I recently did a TV segment during November—which is American Diabetes Month—and shared some tips people can use to manage diabetes and live a healthier life.  Small changes in lifestyle habits really can make a big difference when it comes to diabetes.


Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Increase Metabolic Risk?

meta-analysis recently published in November’s Diabetes Care found that higher intake of sugary drinks such as sodas, fruit drinks, sweetened iced teas and energy and vitamin water drinks can be associated with a higher risk for diabetes and metabolic syndrome independent of weight gain.


DASH for Diabetes Management

While November is American Diabetes Month, those of you who are medical and nutrition practitioners educate and coach your clients with type 2 diabetes throughout the year, as well as help them manage their blood glucose and minimize their cardiac risk factors.

Results of a study recently published in Diabetes Care indicate that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating pattern might be an effective approach for helping diabetic patients improve their cardiac and metabolic risk factors.


Lisa Spence communicating research outcomes for NDC

Hi, I am Lisa Spence, Vice President of Nutrition Science for the National Dairy Council (NDC).  I have a Doctorate of Science degree in Nutrition Science from Purdue University and am a registered dietitian.  At NDC, I work in the Nutrition Research department which oversees research on the nutritional and health benefits of dairy products.  In this role, I also communicate key research outcomes within the organization and to the scientific and academic communities. 

My interest in nutrition began at a young age as my older sister had type 1 diabetes which required close monitoring of her diet.  Witnessing her daily struggle with this disease sparked my interest in nutrition and medicine and eventually in research.
This led me to study Nutrition Science throughout my education at Purdue University.  As a graduate research, teaching, and extension assistant, I studied mineral metabolism, taught nutritional assessment, and managed an extension communication program for consumers and educators.  My master’s thesis was a study of the effects of magnesium on diabetes in an animal model and my Ph.D. dissertation was a study of the effects of soy protein and soy phytoestrogens on calcium and bone metabolism in postmenopausal women.  
Along with my graduate experience, prior to coming to NDC, I worked at Nabisco Biscuit Company conducting research on food ingredients for product development.  I also worked as a nutritional consultant at both Nutrisystem and Individualized Care Management conducting classes and counseling clients on nutrition, weight loss and diabetes management.
In my current position at NDC, I am fortunate to be able to utilize my research training and education to apply to the nutrition research that NDC manages on behalf the U.S. dairy farmers.  I have the privilege to work with key scientists and thought leaders in the scientific community with the goal of educating others on dairy’s importance to diet quality and health.