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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Family Medicine

Advisor

Tom Colletti

Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Objective: To demonstrate the efficacy of Medical Nutrition Therapy in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Background: Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a leading cause of illness and death in the United States, 90% of the estimated 30 million cases of Diabetes are T2D, with an estimated 7+ million undiagnosed. Lifestyle modification is first line therapy for T2D and remains a core treatment throughout the disease.

Body of Evidence: Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) has been proven a cost-effective means of disease improvement, but remains poorly utilized despite good reimbursement from Medicare and commercial insurances. Rural communities are greatly affected by the T2D epidemic in the US.

Conclusion: This article presents key information about the efficacy and need for greater implementation of MNT for T2D patients, with special consideration to rural areas.

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