Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) have the qualifications and skills to modify diets and to treat diseases and conditions such as diabetes, overweight and obesity.
Diabetes Educators provide support for people with diabetes, including gestational diabetes, integrating clinical care, self-management education, skills training and disease specific information to motivate patients to:
Understand diabetes and make informed lifestyle and treatment choices
Incorporate physical activity into daily life
Use their medicines effectively and safely
Monitor and interpret their blood glucose pattern
Evidence shows that nutrition/lifestyle intervention can significantly improve patient outcomes, resulting in fewer hospital admissions and readmissions, better medical outcomes and improved quality of life. In fact, one landmark study looking at the development of Type II diabetes in people with pre-diabetes found that diet and lifestyle intervention was more effective in preventing Type II Diabetes than medication.
This supports the notion that timely intervention by a dietitian/diabetes educator can reduce the risk of developing chronic disease and reduce the complications associated with these diseases.