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Dietitians with expertise in Diabetes who would like to join this ESDN should write to Charilaos (Haris) Dimosthenopoulos: harisdimos(at)gmail.com

Mission and vision

Our goal is to promote the role of dietitians in supporting people who are at risk of developing and with diabetes make healthy and sustainable food choices across Europe.

This will be achieved through:

  • Engaging with decision and policy makers at local, national and Europe wide levels
  • Develop and designate evidence based guidelines for the nutritional management of diabetes
  • Act as an advocate for the role of the dietitian within the care team of people with diabetes
  • Support, develop and deliver dietetic research programmes in the area of diabetes care to further develop the evidence basis for practice

Role Statement

EFAD ESDN Diabetes Statement on the Role of the Dietitian in the Prevention and Management of Gestational and Type 2 Diabetes

Dietitians play varied roles within diabetes teams. Dietitians are highly skilled educators and lifestyle coaches; supporting and empowering individuals with diabetes to make healthy food choices, lead an active lifestyle and meet their personal and medical, short and long term goals. Dietitians work as trained diabetes educators within diabetes self-management-education programs. They provide individualized therapy and counseling related to nutrition in both one-to-one and group-based settings with patients, taking into account personal and cultural beliefs, preferences, lifestyle and the willingness and ability of the person to change.

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Briefing Paper

The Briefing paper can be downloaded here

Sugar Awareness Week 2018

World Diabetes Day 2018

World Diabetes Day 2016

The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) and its European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) for Diabetes supports the International Diabetes Federation on World Diabetes Day 2016 in spreading the message that diabetes and its complications can be preventable, or delayed, by early diagnosis and by adopting healthful dietary and lifestyle habits.

You can download the ESDN Diabetes report here

World Diabetes Day 2017

The European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) for Diabetes of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) supports the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on World Diabetes Day (WDD) themed ‘Women and Diabetes. Our right to a healthy future’ in raising awareness on the importance of lifestyle changes and dietary interventions as an essential component of management of diabetes, and brings forward the significant role of dietitians in diabetes control.

To read the Report in light of World Diabetes Day 2017 with a focus on gestational diabetes click here

You can find the Press Release here