Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


Education & CE Opportunities

The Role of Dietary Supplements in
Glycemic and Cholesterol Management

Sponsored by Procter and Gamble

Approximately 50% of Americans take dietary supplements and a survey of adult patients with diabetes found that 67% used vitamins or supplements. Although there is insufficient evidence to support the use of herbals and micronutrients, there might be some benefits in some patients when certain supplements are used as coadjuvants to glycemic and cholesterol management therapies. Persons with diabetes who use supplements to manage their glycemic and high cholesterol may lack the knowledge and have concerns about how to choose the most effective and safe supplement. 

Recorded Webinar

The Role of Dietary Supplements in Glycemic and Cholesterol Management

Presented by Lorena Drago, RD, CDE, MS, CDN, LVCYT

This presentation will focus on the most popular supplements and educators will be able to identify the supplements that may be beneficial, their function, dosage information and potential risks. The educator will be able to assess and guide the patient in selecting supplements.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three of the most popular supplements to manage glycemia and cholesterol.
  • Define functional and fortified functional foods and enumerate some of its benefits.
  • Summarize the key educational points when helping patients identify and select dietary supplements.

Originally presented on August 7, 2019​

Tip Sheet for People with Diabetes

Dietary Supplements for Glycemic and Cholesterol Management Tip SheetGuidance for people with diabetes interested in dietary supplements for glycemic and cholesterol management. Download here.​

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