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Aug 10, 2017

I spend all day coaching patients with diabetes, downloading insulin pumps and making insulin adjustments, but perhaps one of my biggest challenges (outside of recording everything in the emergency room!) is finding and organizing resources that allow patients and their families to take home the messages I share for further reinforcement after our visit(s). What is too much or too little? What handouts are most useful and can we afford them as a clinic? 

I was recently at the AADE annual meeting, and can easily be inundated with all the wonderful materials that are available from ADA, AADE, pharma companies, and other non-profits. When I'm back home, there is the web with reams of downloadable information both good, and not so good, that patients can access or we can download for them. 

I would like to see a repository of CDE’s favorite written materials that reinforce our oral recommendations. It would be helpful to have a brief description of which patients we find the resources most useful for and whether there is a cost. It could even be ones you have written that you are willing to share. I’ll start!

  • I highly recommend the Pink Panther books from the Barbara Davis Center. They are incredible for folks newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, whether young or old. Even though the books are geared towards the under 18 crowd, they are a great resource for all patients newly diagnosed (or who need a significant refresher!) There is a fee.
  • The Where Do I Begin booklet from the American Diabetes Association is a great tool for starting the conversation for those recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It touches on all the basics, such as healthy eating, exercise and monitoring. I use it with both inpatients and outpatients, and find the center fold of the plate method a great starting place to discuss healthy food choices and balance. No charge.
  • The trifold handout on healthy eating from Novo Nordisk is a delightful way of educating folks of any age with type 1, type 2 or any type of diabetes about food groups and those that contribute to the total glucose pool. No charge.

Please send in one or two of your favorite handouts to share! Log in to comment on this post, or email it to We will start a list on the AADE website that would allow diabetes educators to review materials that others have found useful, and your response may be published in AADE in Practice. Handouts in all languages and all reading levels are encouraged!

Thanks for your input!

Carla Cox

About the Author:

Carla Cox is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She has been a certified diabetes educator for over 25 years, and served as an assistant adjunct professor for 14 years, teaching in areas of sports nutrition and exercise physiology. Currently she works in Missoula, Montana as a diabetes educator in both in- and outpatient settings.

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  1. Dec 18, 2017

    Exactly what it can do. Do scroll down for even more GameKiller You could only edit things that have a certain value
  2. Aug 22, 2017

    I teach plant-based diet and regular exercise. My patient outcomes are fabulous. Patients routinely lose weight, discontinue meds, and erase type 2 diabetes. My favorite resources are these:

    1. Power Plate -- from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) -- teaches about high fiber, low-fat food

    2. Plant-based: A healthier way to eat -- from Wellness Foundation -- 5 easy ways to jumpstart your diet with more fiber and less fat, ideas for food swaps, print and online resources to foster change to more of a plant-based diet

  3. Aug 21, 2017

    Recently I have had great patient feedback about a resource from Sanofi, "Using the Plate Method for a Balanced Meal Plan". It is a tear sheet, plate method and portion resources on one side and further food grouping and snack portion size suggestions on the other.  This tool is not necessarily comprehensive for MNT or nutrition education but patients respond very positively when they are worried about getting too much at once.   As previously mentioned, using sources from pharma vendors can be tricky regarding supply and demand, but from an economic standpoint are a great resource. 
  4. Aug 21, 2017

    I agree that the  Planning Health Meals folder from Novo Nordisk Cornerstones4Care Program is very good. It is available in English and Spanish and I use it with every single patient that comes to me for education. I am able to get it at no cost from my Novo education rep. The only problem is that sometimes I cannot get the quantity I need. The other tool I use a lot is also from the same Novo program and that is Carb Counting and Meal Planning book. Everyone I have used that with finds it very  helpful. Even low healthcare literacy folks find it helpful. It, too, is available in English and Spanish in unlimited qunatitites from the Novo Medlink website. 

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