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AADE Introduces New Practice Paper on Addressing Obesity in Diabetes

Sep 24, 2018

The AADE Professional Practice Committee works hard to keep practice papers current. This year, the committee took a strong look at the current papers which were available on the topic of obesity. There is now one updated AADE practice paper discussing management of obesity in diabetes. The committee has combined two previously published practice papers, discussing obesity in diabetes and medications used in weight loss. By combining these practice papers, diabetes educators now have a single resource to reference when educating individuals on the impact of obesity on diabetes and vice versa, diabetes on obesity.

The practice paper is comprehensive and covers the pathogenesis and treatment of obesity in diabetes. Diabetes educators who are working with type 1, type 2 and people with prediabetes must understand how to address obesity for each individual they serve. This paper will cover the big buckets of information that would be covered when counseling populations we serve. Lifestyle modification, available obesity-related medications and surgery options and conversations are explained.

This document can be used as a reference at any stage of the continuum of diabetes care as obesity is a component of diabetes self-management and support. Obesity must be addressed and reviewed through long-term support, so having this paper as a tool is a perfect resource to accomplish that goal!

Find the document on our new Obesity and Diabetes resources page at



Katherine O’Neal, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDE, AE-C 

PatriciaDavidsonPatricia Davidson, DCN, RDN, CDE, LDN, FAND
FB Live Obesity

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