SeAnne Safaii, PhD, RD, LD, is not only utilizing an innovative method to teach tomorrow’s dietitians and employing virtual reality technology to help young people work through their diabetes management, but as the 2013-2014 President of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she is working with the state government to get fellow dietitians the recognition and value they deserve.
The above is how the article begins….and this is my reply.
Very nice high tech stuff, these robotic patients. . I remember talking with real patients in real hospital beds during my internship. And during those interviews, a future RD learned how to capture the interest of a real life person, hear the nuances in food recalls, deal with financial situations, shift work, ethnic food preference. But I digress. I have another topic to discuss of utmost importance:
I’m talking about the nuts and bolts of diet for diabetes. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics must admit that the present stance on diet for those with type 2 diabetes is vague, at best. No real guidelines. “Teach to the patient’s situation.”
Well, like high tech robots instead of real life patients, a vague response to a specific condition doesn’t cut it when it is coming form the mouth of the “expert” in nutrition. We have to do better than that. We owe it to ourselves, our patients, and our profession. Mediocrity in dietary stance is causing RD’s to lose credibility.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: It’s time to admit that those with type 2 diabetes have multiple common denominators. Insulin imbalance, insulin resistance, high blood sugar response to excess carbohydrate intake, high LDL, lower HDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, hypertension, and low Vitamin D. Most struggle to lose weight, yo yo diet, and their weight is primarily voluminous fat deposits around the middle, between organs, even infiltrated in the liver. Type 2’s crave carbohydrate foods, are easily fatigued after eating carbs, have problems with focus and concentration, and suffer from mood swings and mild depression/anxiety. The preceding common denominators are real. Yes, people are individuals and Yes, when it comes to diabetes they share some common traits in labs, body composition, metabolism, and personal symptoms.
The diet recommended for those with type 2 diabetes has done nothing to prevent diabetes, halt the progression of the disease, or decrease the need for medications.. In fact, a low calorie, low fat program that limits sugar has been taught for decades and we are left to deal with epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers; all linked to insulin imbalance.
It’s time for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to face the music and take a stand on diabetes diet. A real stand. A concrete stand. Because a concrete stand is needed and it works.
There is a diet and lifestyle program that quickly and easily normalizes blood sugar, decreases lipids, blood pressure, increases Vitamin D, improves energy, promotes fat burning, weight loss, improved focus/concentration. It’s not vague, it’s VERY specific ….It is: The Metabolism Miracle or The Diabetes Miracle.
RD’s. Read the books by Diane Kress, RD CDE. I have been a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator for over 30 years. I am Today’s Dietitian’s Top 10 RD’s Making a Difference for 2013, I am the Diabetes Expert for Answers.com, I am a NY Time Bestselling author, and I have developed a program that changes the future of medical nutrition therapy. The Metabolism Miracle IS the future of medical nutrition therapy. Read more at http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com and follow my blogs at http://www.dianekress/wordpress.com and http://www.thewhistleblog/blogspot.com.
Oh, one last thing. Be careful, future RD’s. Don’t give over your expertise so easily. If learning to be an RD can be facilitated by a robot, you can rest assured that one day you will be replaced by virtual dietitians. RD’s must make themselves indispensable in terms of positive medical outcomes that will objectively decrease patient care expenses. We must be the experts in diets that get RESULTS. As it stands, over 68% of your patients will say they were not helped by the diet taught by their RD. Sadly, it’s because they were taught a vague diet that did not match their illness…an illness with common denominators that CAN be helped through lifestyle modification!