Nutritional Care of Diabetes - RD116B

Nutritional Care of Diabetes

by Lori A Porter, MBA, RDN, LDN
(4.8 / 109 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (10.00 CPEU)

Price: $129.00
CE-PRO Price: $64.50


More than 30 million Americans, or 9.4% of the United States population, have diabetes. Diabetes education and treatment is needed for prevention and management. Diabetes educators and registered dietitian nutritionists tailor their practices to accommodate the constantly changing needs of individuals as well as scientific advances. Refined treatments have allowed many to lead normal lives with lifestyle modifications. Technological advances and insurance reimbursement have improved blood glucose monitoring. New oral and injectable medications have made optimal glucose control more achievable. Meal-planning options allow for more individualization, flexibility, and control. Science and technology are only as good as practitioners. This course is a practical guide to the challenge of nutritional management of diabetes. Potential exists for improving quality of life and decreasing diabetic complications.


After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Explain the classifications, diagnostic criteria, and pathophysiology of diabetes.
  • List treatment options used for patients with diabetes and explain the components, goals of therapy, recommendations, and risks and benefits of each.
  • Explain the differences among the various types of insulin and show how they can be used with meal planning to achieve target blood glucose levels.
  • Define oral diabetes agents and state indications for their use.
  • Explain the nutrient recommendations for the various classifications of diabetes, listing carbohydrate, fiber, protein, and fat amounts.
  • Explain the differences between meal planning approaches, energy and nutrient requirements for type 1 versus type 2 diabetes.
  • Define the glycemic response and explain how this concept is applied to nutritional control of diabetes.
  • List at least 3 sugar substitutes presently used and discuss their positive and negative features.
  • Describe the steps of the assessment and education process.
  • List several meal-planning approaches; explain the main characteristics, benefits and drawbacks of each; and cite the type of patient who would benefit from each.
  • Discuss the problems and guidelines for use of alcohol, eating out, snacking, hypoglycemic episodes, and sick-day management.
  • Discuss the use of diets that are very low in carbohydrates.
  • Discuss the major problems associated with preexisting diabetes in pregnancy.
  • Explain the difference between gestational and preexisting diabetes during pregnancy and state nutritional recommendations for both.
  • Describe the characteristics, diagnosis, and dangers of diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state, and hypoglycemia and explain the treatment options for each.
  • Describe the acute and chronic complications associated with poorly controlled diabetes.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for dietitians and NDTR's.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Relias LLC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This is a level 3 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2100, 3020, 5000, 5090, 5190, 5390, 5400, 6020 and performance indicators of 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4, 10.2.5.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).
Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 4/23/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/23/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Elaine R - Fuquay Varina, NC  ·  May 26, 2020
lots of information on diabetes
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PAMELA K - Brooksville, FL  ·  May 25, 2020
a ton of information, so long needed to print and read over 100+ pages to do refresher
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Wendy H - Peoria, IL  ·  May 24, 2020
This course did a great job with the classifications of treatments
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Leadi A - eugene, OR  ·  May 24, 2020
Great material with great information
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Rhonda C - DeWitt, MI  ·  May 23, 2020
How would you rate this course overall? EXCELLENT, the best CEU course ever
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Price: $129.00
CE-PRO Price: $64.50