Updated Joslin Diabetes Center Nutrition Guidelines includes Dairy Foods Recommendations

Globally-recognized diabetes research and provider of diabetes education leader Joslin Diabetes Center

recently updated the Nutrition Guidelines component of their Clinical Guidelines, which are published on the Joslin website and now in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) (see chapter 2), which is the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care.

Updated information specific to dairy foods includes the following:

  • “Dairy products and yogurt” are listed as associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • The fat guideline now emphasizes quality over quantity of fat consumed, thus total fat intake was increased to allow for more overall quality fats in the diet. Specifically, the guidelines state, “Recent evidence demonstrates that saturated fat from dairy foods (milk, yogurt, cheese) may be acceptable within the total daily caloric intake.”
  • Recommended foods include milk and yogurt with no reference to fat level when consumed within overall calorie limits.

The Joslin Clinical Nutrition Guideline for Overweight and Obese Adults With Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes or Those at High Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes is designed to assist primary care physicians, specialists, and other healthcare providers in individualizing the care of and set goals for adult, non-pregnant patients with type 2 diabetes or individuals at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


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