This webinar Dr. Osama Hamdy, the medical director of the obesity program at the Joslin Diabetes Center. This presentation is entitled, “Nutrition Revolution in the Prevention and Management of Obesity and Diabetes” and discusses the pathology of diabetes, specifically why it is the result of carbohydrate intolerance and glucose toxicity. Furthermore, he discusses the role of micronutrients and demonstrates the evidence for medical nutrition therapy.
A major risk factor for diabetes is obesity, but independent of obesity and BMI, elevated blood glucose and carbohydrate intolerance are risk factors for diabetes.
One method of treating carbohydrate intolerance and elevated blood glucose that comprise diabetes is medical nutrition therapy. Traditionally, medical nutrition therapy, or MNT, involves a meeting between a patient and a registered dietician during which time they create a personalized meal plan. Now that novel medical foods are available for glucose control, adding a medical food and a more structured meal plan can be a successful tool for diabetes management.
For more detail on these general recommendations, including the history of the science and recommendations, please listen to the whole podcast.