Carbohydrate Quality: What Do I Tell My Patients?

Program Date: 21 June 2018
Publication Date: 18 January 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll review the carbohydrate-insulin model; define the four domains of carbohydrate quality; assess cardiometabolic benefits; learn about interactions of different phenotypes/genotypes with domains of carbohydrate quality; and more. This program was originally presented at the 117th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference.

Course Objectives:

• Describe the “carbohydrate-insulin” model and the evidence for “lo-carb” versus “hi-carb” diets.
• Define the 4 domains of carbohydrate quality: Lo-GI/GL/GR, hi-fibre, “food-based” approaches (whole grains, pulses, fruit), and low sugars.
• Assess the clinical evidence supporting the cardiometabolic benefits of the 4 domains of carbohydrate quality.
• Review the interactions of different phenotypes/genotypes with domains of carbohydrate quality.
• Explain the unintended consequences of a singular focus on carbohydrates and the clinical translation of carbohydrate quality.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 2000, 2020, 2070, 5090
  • Performance Indicators: 8.3.1, 8.3.4, 8.3.6
  • Run Time: 48

Course Instructor Bio(s)

John L Sievenpiper, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, is a Clinician Scientist, who holds appointments as an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Lifestyle Medicine Lead in the MD Program at the University of Toronto. He also holds appointments as a Staff Physician in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism and Scientist in the La Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital (Canada). Dr. Sievenpiper completed his MSc, PhD and postdoctoral fellowship training in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. He completed his MD at St. Matthew’s University followed by Residency training in Medical Biochemistry at McMaster University leading to his certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC). His research is focused on using randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews and meta-analyses to address questions of clinical and public health importance in relation to diet and chronic disease prevention. He currently holds a Diabetes Canada Clinician Scientist Award and Banting & Best Diabetes Centre Sun Life Financial New Investigator Award. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers and 13 book chapters. Dr. Sievenpiper is directly involved in knowledge translation with appointments to the nutrition guidelines’ committees of Diabetes Canada, European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD), Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), and the Canadian Obesity Network.
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