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Special Edition:
The Importance of Nutrient-Dense Diets



In this special two-episode series, Dr. Nikki Ford and expert guests sit down with Dr. Neil Skolnik to discuss the importance of a nutrient-dense diet for diabetes management and risk reduction. Discussions center around the scientific evidence supporting nutrient-rich eating patterns, why nutrients like unsaturated fats and fiber are beneficial, how foods like fresh avocado can support positive health outcomes, and best practices and approaches for helping patients implement sustainable dietary changes.

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Presented by:

Neil Skolnik, MD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University; Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Abington Jefferson Health

Nikki Ford, PhD, Senior Director of Nutrition, Avocado Nutrition Center

Lizz Hanna, MS, RDN, CDCES

Please listen to each episode by clicking on the podcast players below or by freely subscribing to Diabetes Core Update via Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform.

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Total Time: 36:12 | File Size: 50.0 MB

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Total Time: 41:33 | File Size: 57.1 MB


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 From Research to Practice: Update on Nutrition Guidelines and Practices in Diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum 2020;33(2):111-214.

 ElSayed NA, Aleppo G, Aroda VR, et al., American Diabetes Association. 8. Obesity and weight management for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes: Standards of Care in Diabetes—2023. Diabetes Care 2023;46(Suppl. 1):S128–S139.

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