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Nutrition Education for Diabetes Mellitus

Barbara Sperrazza, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE; Lindsay Raub, MS, RD, LD/N

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Nutrition Education for Diabetes Mellitus is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that describes the rationale and goals for providing medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for the treatment and prevention of diabetes mellitus.

Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how the body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up the muscles and tissues. It's also the brain's main source of fuel. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered.

Included are: recommendations for specific nutrient modifications; nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation; exercise and stress; gastropathy; enteral nutrition; testing and classifications; medications and insulin; blood glucose meters; and methods of meal planning. Nutrition education tools and handouts are provided to assist the dietitian in counseling clients.

Closeout Course #21-08 | 2015 |  26 pages | 14 posttest questions

This course was developed by the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for their Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy to provide Licensed and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs) and technicians with evidence-based, non-biased information on nutrition education for diabetes mellitus. 

Learning Objectives

1. List the goals of medical nutrition therapy for the prevention and treatment of diabetes
2. Identify recommended nutrient modifications for the treatment of diabetes
3. Describe the steps in completing a nutrition assessment, intervention, monitoring and evaluation
4. Identify the timing, doses and side effects of common oral hypoglycemic agents

Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR #PR001). CPE accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of provider programs or materials. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (#50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant (all courses are reported within 1 week of completion).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Barbara Sperrazza, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator with Medical Nutrition Therapy of Northwest Florida, Gainesville.


: No relevant financial relationship exists. 
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.   

Lindsay Raub, MS, RD, LD/N, is a Registered Dietitian with the University of Florida where she works in the department of pediatric genetics and metabolics. Lindsay earned her Master's degree in nutrition from the University of North Florida in 2012 and her Bachelor's of Science from the University of Florida in 2011.


: No relevant financial relationship exists. 
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.   

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