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Highlights from the August 2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association

American Dietetic Association

CHICAGO - The August 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest. Below is a summary of one of this month's articles. For more information or to receive a copy of a Journal article, e-mail media@eatright.org.

Lifestyle Interventions Led by Registered Dietitians Reduce Health-Care Costs

Adding a lifestyle intervention led by a registered dietitian to the typical care provided to obese people with type 2 diabetes does not increase overall health-care costs and may result in cost savings, according to researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

In a study of nearly 150 people, comparing "lifestyle case management" provided by a registered dietitian to the "usual care" given to obese adults with type 2 diabetes, researchers found the addition of a "clinically feasible, modest-cost lifestyle intervention involving an RD" did not increase total costs and in some cases saved up to $8,046 per person per year compared with usual medical care.

The researchers conclude the study provides "preliminary evidence that moderate-intensity lifestyle intervention using an RD as a lifestyle case management reduces risk, improves quality of life and does so without increasing health-care costs. Given the growing prevalence of both diabetes and obesity and the substantial burden of health care costs to patients, employers and society, effective interventions that are at least cost-neutral should be welcome additions to comprehensive medical care."

Additional research articles in the August Journal of the American Dietetic Association include:

  • Diet Composition and Risk of Overweight and Obesity in Women Living in the Southwest

  • Older Adults Who Use Vitamin/Mineral Supplements Differ from Nonusers in Nutrient Intake Adequacy and Dietary Attitudes

  • Online Continuing Education Course Enhances Nutrition and Health Professionals' Knowledge of Food Safety Issues of High Risk Populations

  • Genetic Sensitivity to 6-N-Propylthiouracil (PROP) Has No Impact on Dietary Patterns, Plasma Lipid Profiles or Body Fatness in a Clinical Sample of Adult Women

  • Validation of a Food Frequency Questionnaire for Assessment of Dietary Calcium and Bone Related Nutrient Intake in Rural Populations

  • Development of a Meat Frequency Questionnaire for Use in Diet and Cancer Studies

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