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Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease

Edelman, Robin MS, RD, CDE

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Obesity is often associated with type 2 diabetes, and both are reaching epidemic proportions. Diets for obesity and type 2 diabetes support cardiovascular disease risk reduction as a primary goal (Fig 1). Wholesome sources of carbohydrate—whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and reduced-fat dairy products—account for most of the food energy, with lesser amounts of calories from fats, emphasizing those containing unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids, and lean sources of protein.

Figure 1

Figure 1

Taking a look into the metabolic syndrome

Robin Edelman, MS, RD, CDE, is a freelance writer, a certified diabetes educator, and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Administrator at the Vermont Department of Health. She has served as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, Nutrition Editor for Eating Well Magazine, and President of the Vermont Dietitic Association.

Correspondence: Robin Edelman, MS, RD, CDE, Diabetes Program Administrator, Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry St, PO Box 70, Burlington, VT 05402 (e-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.