Nutrition therapy is a key component of the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) diabetes-care and self-management guidelines for patients with diabetes who are receiving insulin therapy. Nutrition assessment, along with the development and implementation of individualized nutrition goals and meal-planning guidelines, is as important to the successful management of diabetic patients treated with insulin as it is for patients who manage their diabetes with diet and exercise or oral medications. Although essential to optimal diabetes care, following nutrition recommendations and meal-planning strategies can often be the most challenging part of diabetes self-management for patients.
Diabetic patients treated with insulin find it difficult to understand and follow the nutrition component of their diabetes management plan for many reasons. Some examples of those reasons are:
• Diabetic patients and health-care practitioners often do not understand the current ADA nutrition recommendations.
• Health-care practitioners often do not emphasize nutrition therapy for diabetic patients treated with insulin.
• Diabetic patients often do not receive education on nutrition management of diabetes in the primary-care setting.
• Many diabetic patients find it difficult to follow a meal plan that they perceive limits their food choices.
As a result of these factors, many diabetic patients treated with insulin therapy do not optimize the nutrition component of diabetes management (1).
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