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Sherri Shafer, R.D., CDE

Sherri Shafer received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a Dietitian at UCSF Medical Center since 1992. Sherri specializes in medical nutrition therapy counseling for individuals in adult and pediatric diabetes clinics, and is an Instructor for classes on diabetes self management for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In addition she teaches 7 lectures per year in the school of medicine (to med students, residents, pharm students, and physical therapy students.)

Vegetarian Diets

Vegetarian diets can be very healthful if well planned. Vegetable-based diets tend to provide more fiber, less cholesterol, and less saturated fat than meat-based diets. For these reasons, vegetarians tend to be at lower risk for getting several diseases, including heart disease, some forms of cancer (breast and colon), hypertension, …

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Home Blood Glucose Monitoring

Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) with home blood glucose monitors is essential. The blood glucose (BG) results are used to assess the efficacy of therapy, and to provide data by which to make management decisions. Typically, patients who use insulin should be SMBG at least 3-4 times per day. Some …

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Antioxidants- What we know, What we need to know

Antioxidants have received a lot of attention in recent years, in relation to wellness and disease prevention. More studies are needed to better understand how antioxidants may affect diabetes management and treatment.  Several vitamins and minerals are classified as antioxidants. An antioxidant is a substance that reduces cellular damage. Our …

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How Sweet It Is: A Look At Sugars and Sweeteners

The use of sugar, sweeteners, and sugar substitutes has often been a topic of hot debate. Until recently, using sugar has been discouraged in diabetic meal planning. Current scientific studies have not supported the necessity of completely abstaining from sugar, and now it’s becoming widely accepted that sugar may be …

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Exercise: A Key Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Blood sugar control: Exercise helps to lower blood sugar in two ways. First of all, exercise decreases insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes. Secondly, exercise increases glucose disposal. An exercising muscle simply uses more sugar than a resting muscle. Weight control: Besides burning glucose, exercise burns fat, which …

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Weight Matters

At least half of all Americans are overweight or obese. Excess weight poses many health risks. Obesity increases the chance of developing numerous diseases, including:

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Diabetes in the Elderly: A Growing Concern

The fastest-growing segment of the American population consists of individuals aged 60 and older. In 1994, one out of every eight individuals in our country was over 65 years old. By the year 2020 it is estimated that one out of every six people will be over 65 years old.

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