Nutrition education improves metabolic control in older adults, according to a new study. In the study, 98 adults aged 65 and older were randomised into two groups: an active and control group. The active group was provided with education on nutrition to meet the needs of an older population based on accepted information processing, learning theory, and Social Cognitive Theory over the 10-week study.
The active group had greater improvements in glucose levels (p=0.05) and glycated hemoglobin (p<0.01) than the control group. In addition, more patients in the active group met treatment goals for total cholesterol than in the control group.
Reference:Miller CK et al. Nutrition Education Improves Metabolic Outcomes among Older Adults with Diabetes Mellitus: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Prev Med 2002; 34: 252-59.