Cooking, diabetes self-management education, intervention improves quality of life

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine partnered with Local Matters on a study that tested whether a cooking intervention that provided food – along with diabetes self-management education to encourage healthy eating and physical activity – would improve A1C hemoglobin levels and diabetes management.
In this randomized, waitlist control study, 48 adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes completed the six-week “Cooking Matters for Diabetes” intervention.
“This study showed that Cooking Matters for Diabetes may be an effective method of improving diet-related self-care and health-related quality of life, especially among individuals living with food insecurity, and should be tested in larger randomized controlled trials,” said co-author Amaris Williams, a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Ohio State.
Study findings are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Joshua J Joseph MD
Cooking Matters for Diabetes was adapted from Cooking Matters
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