New elearning course on low-GI diet in type 2 diabetes
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has released an online course exploring low glycaemic-index (GI) diets in type 2 diabetes. The 30-minute e-learning module ‘Type 2 Diabetes – a Low GI Approach’ is aimed at GPs, practice nurses, diabetes specialists nurses and other healthcare professionals working in primary care interested in helping people living with type 2 diabetes.
The module describes the use of a low GI diet as an adjunct treatment for diabetes using a case study of a real person with the condition registered at the author’s practice. The physiology and evidence behind a low glycaemic-index diet are described, as well as how to implement it in real life.
Broken down into three sessions, the 30-minute online course starts with a baseline assessment of the professional’s knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to diabetes and a low-carbohydrate diet and finishes with a 10 question quiz to assess understanding of material from the module.
The e-learning module includes sections on:
- Basic biochemistry of glucose metabolism, how starchy carbohydrates like bread or rice break down into glucose and what insulin does with that glucose
- Understanding insulin resistance.
- HbA1c – what is it and why is it raised in people with diabetes?
- How does a low GI diet fit with NICE guidelines for type 2 diabetes?
The course equips healthcare professionals to explain the basics of glucose metabolism to patients, understand the growing evidence for a low GI diet and to give practical information to patients to help them start on the diet.
Dr Dirk Pilat, medical director for e-learning at the RCGP, said, “Discussions around lifestyle modification are an important part of the care and advice primary care practitioners give their patients with diabetes. This course discusses the role of carbohydrates and the glycaemic index in our diet and specifically its importance for individuals with type 2 diabetes. It reminds primary care health professionals about basic physiological concepts such as glycolysis, gluconeogenesis and lipolysis and their role in diabetes. Using real world examples, it discusses the importance of a low-GI diet for patients affected by diabetes and how to maximise the potential of lifestyle modification to create patient impact.”
The new course ‘Type 2 diabetes and the low-GI diet’ can be accessed on the RCGP elearning website at http://elearning.rcgp.org.uk