Nutritional requirements in malnutrition and diabetes mellitus
Intended for healthcare professionals

Nutritional requirements in malnutrition and diabetes mellitus

Alethea Donnelly Registered dietitian and visiting lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To familiarise yourself with the nutritional requirements of patients with malnutrition and diabetes mellitus

  • » To understand the importance of nutritional screening for all patients

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Working in partnership with patients to achieve optimal nutritional status, regardless of their underlying condition, is an important aspect of nursing care. This article examines malnutrition and diabetes mellitus, which are two common conditions that can have significant implications for patients’ health and diet. It emphasises that, when managing patients with malnutrition or diabetes, nurses should undertake careful assessment of their nutritional requirements, tailoring interventions to the individual and involving family and carers where appropriate. It is also important for nurses to work with other members of the multidisciplinary team, notably dietitians, who can provide specialist dietary advice and support.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11169


Donnelly A (2018) Nutritional requirements in malnutrition and diabetes mellitus. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11169

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 06 June 2018

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