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Medical Nutrition Therapy Appears to Benefit Patients with Pre-Diabetes

Provider Nurse Talking with Senior Patient

People with pre-diabetes are at high risk of developing diabetes. Anaheim Clinical Trials studied 76 overweight or obese adults with impaired fasting glucose or an HbA1c level of 5.7% to 6.4% to determine the effect of medical nutrition therapy compared with usual care of FPG, HbA1c, serum lipid level and diabetes risk score at the end of a 12-week intervention. The experimental groups given nutrition therapy had significantly lower levels of HbA1c (5.79%) compared with an increase in the usual care group (6.01%; P = .01). The upshot is to refer patients with pre-diabetes to a dietitian to stem  the likelihood of developing diabetes.