Because of the direct correlation between diet and diabetes management medical nutrition therapy mnt provided by a registered dietitian is a key complement to traditional medical interventions in diabetes treatment this article describes mnt summarizes evidence for the effectiveness of mnt in preventing and treating diabetes and provides physicians with information about how to refer . African americans are at especially high risk for developing type 2 diabetes in recognition of national diabetes month i interviewed constance brown riggs msed rd cde cdn author of the african american guide to living well with diabetes she is an award winning registered dietitian certified diabetes educator national speaker and huffington post blogger. African americans have a high risk for type 2 diabetes genetic traits the prevalence of obesity and insulin resistance all contribute to the risk of diabetes in the african american community african americans have a high rate of diabetic complications because of poor glycaemic control and racial disparities in health care in the usa. Many of the staple foods in caribbean and african diets are good for your health from leafy green vegetables to fresh mango to beans there are lots of nutrient rich choices however fried foods and sweets are also popular and should be limited if you have diabetes you can work with your healthcare team to develop a plan thats right for . Rates of new cases of diabetes mainly type 2 have soared in the united states over the last 20 years one of the ethnic groups with the greatest rise is the african american population over 12 of african americans have diabetes women and the elderly have the highest rates one in four african american women over age 55 has diabetes and 25 of african americans between the
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