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Diabetes Education: Optom Opportunity

Overweight/obese people obtained a higher proportion of their calories from fat, but a lower proportion from sugar compared with normal weight people, according to a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.1

Researchers from the University of Glasgow, who studied data from 132,479 people in the UK, emphasised that the strongest predictors of body mass index (BMI, a measure of obesity) were overall calories and calories from fat.

They reported that evidence suggests if people focus on reducing one type of food, they simply compensate by eating more of another type (called the “sugar-fat seesaw”), rather than reducing their overall calories.

In Australia, diabetes affects approximately one million adults with that number expected to double by 2025. With the increasing incidence of diabetes comes an increase in diabetic eye disease – almost all those with Type 1 diabetes and more than 60 per cent of those with Type 2 diabetes will develop diabetic eye disease within 20 years of diagnosis.2

They reported that evidence suggests if people focus on reducing one type of food, they simply compensate by eating more of another type

As qualified health professionals, optometrists can undertake a post graduate certificate of diabetes education. Following graduation, some clinical experience and mentoring, they can apply to the Australian Diabetes Education Association to become a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, a role recognised by Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and private health insurers.

References
1. Adiposity among 132,479 UK Biobank participants; contribution of sugar intake vs 5 other macronutrients’ PNAS.
2. www.cera.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/OutOfSightReport.pdf

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