How much do you know about the evidence that underpins diabetes-specific nutritional supplements (DSNS) in the management of diabetes? Tune into this intriguing conversation with Accredited Practising Dietitian, Geraldine Georgeou, as she shares practical case study examples which highlight the challenges experienced by patients with diabetes and the role DSNS can play in reducing glucose variability, post-prandial glucose levels, insulin requirements and HbA1c. You’ll also uncover practical tips that can be used in practice to prescribe DSNS and how continuous glucose monitoring devices can provide patients with more autonomy.



Geraldine Georgeou is a well-experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Geraldine has contributed to helping the Australian Navy, consulting to Diabetes Australia and being a familiar face in the media. Geraldine has been a Gastroenterology Dietitian at The Prince of Wales Hospital – and a Member of the Council for the Gut Foundation and author of “The Gut Foundation Cook book”. She is also the author of The Australian Healthy Skin Diet and recently voted Dietitians Australia Extraordinary Dietitian, 2021. Her expertise has helped many who have suffered from metabolic and gastrointestinal health issues together with dermatology, rheumatology and disease prevention and management. She has three Sydney clinics practicing under the name of Designer Diets™.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Advocating for the important role dietitians play as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Challenges faced in managing patients with diabetes and how to address these
  • Benefits to using a DSNS in the management of diabetes
  • Practical examples from case study booklet on how to incorporate a DSNS
  • How continuous glucose monitoring systems benefit patient and dietitian

Additional resources

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