Providing MNT for the Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Population: What Does the Evidence Show?


The RDN is critical to the interdisciplinary care of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their families due to the vital role of nutrition in disease management and the RDN’s unique ability to provide medical nutrition therapy. The limited evidence to inform the delivery of MNT, along with a variety of other barriers, makes working with this vulnerable population that consistently demonstrates the poorest glycemic control across the lifespan challenging for newly-credentialed and seasoned RDNs alike. Based on findings from the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Center’s systematic review regarding delivering MNT in the care of pediatric type 1 diabetes, RDNs with significant practice experience working with this population will guide attendees through the complexities of diabetes management, exploring both challenges and opportunities in delivering nutrition care in collaboration with clients, families, and other healthcare team members. Case-based learning developed from personal experiences will illustrate putting evidence into practice and actively engage attendees in problem-solving nutrition-related challenges, including tips and practice pearls to facilitate shared decision-making, enhance quality of life, and improve outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Describe and evaluate the current state of evidence and evidence-based recommendations for medical nutrition therapy in youth with type 1 diabetes

Identify the limitations in the evidence supporting current recommendations for Medical Nutrition therapy in youth with type 1 diabetes

Apply best available evidence on MNT and its effectiveness to guide shared decision making with patients and clients

Performance Indicators

1.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice

8.1 Interprets and applies current food and nutrition science in nutrition and dietetics practice

10.3 Establishes and implements evidence-based nutrition interventions to address PES statements and client/patient goals


Becky Sulik

Director of Education

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center

Catherine McManus

Assistant Professor

Case Western Reserve University


Kasey Metz

Clinical Dietitian

Dayton Children’s

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