Impact of intensive nutritional education with carbohydrate counting on diabetes control in type 2 diabetic patients

Christopher Zipp, Jessica Terrone Roehr, Lucia Beck Weiss, Frank Filipetto

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This pilot study assessed the impact of an intensive carbohydrate counting educational intervention on diabetes control in type 2 diabetic patients. An experimental, prospective study design was used to assess the effect of nutritional education on diabetes control. The impact and efficacy of the education were measured over a 1-year period through changes in diabetes clinical markers, including hemoglobin A1c, lipid profiles, glucose levels, patients' energy levels, and sense of well-being. Six patients were initially enrolled in the pilot study, with only three patients completing the intervention phase and the 3-month follow-up. Two patients were followed-up at the 1-year mark for their diabetes, although neither continued participation in the study beyond the 3-month mark. Marginal improvements in clinical markers at 3 months were found. However, due to the small sample size, changes in the clinical profiles may have occurred because of variables unrelated to the nutritional intervention. Further research is indicated for the control of these variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalPatient Preference and Adherence
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2011



  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Diabetes control
  • Nutritional education
  • Type 2 diabetes

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