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Food guide for diabetics, kidney disease patients designed by Orillia hospital dieticians

OSMH Introduces First Ever Diabetes and Kidney Care Food Guide

ORILLIA — If you’re diabetic or a kidney disease patient, you’ve probably complained “there’s nothing for me to eat.”

Over the years, the registered dietitians (RD) at Orillia Soldiers’ MemorialHospital’s (OSMH) Diabetes Education Centre and the Regional Kidney Care, a program of Simcoe Muskoka, have heard a number of those comments.

Understanding that dietary restrictions for both patient populations make meal planning difficult, say RDs Sarah Bouchard, Nancy Hunter, and Linda Ross Stringer, who set out to develop a tool that would assist those managing both diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

They say there were tools out there specifically targeted at diabetes patients, such as the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Beyond the Basics meal planning guide.

However, none of the tools specifically supported patients who have both diabetes and chronic kidney disease, or just chronic kidney disease, they say in a news release.

“Based on the comments we have heard throughout our careers at OSMH, we knew that there was a patient population out there that would benefit from this type of resource,” said Ross Stringer.

After four years and consultation with colleagues and patients across the region, the Diabetes and Kidney Care Food Guide was introduced to the renal community in April 2013 and then officially launched at the NSM LHIN’s Chronic Disease and Prevention Management Conference last month.

“We couldn’t be happier to see patients benefit from this tool that helps them more easily manage complex special diet requirements,” said Bouchard. “It’s been great to have the support of our registered dietitian and nursing colleagues across North Simcoe Muskoka who recognized that this tool would ensure their patients received the support they needed in managing their chronic disease,” added Hunter.

The full colour poster can be personalized for each patient based on their treatment plan for diabetes and kidney disease.

Accompanying the poster are a Food List and Educator’s Guide. Both the Poster and Food List are meant for patient and health care professional use, while the Educator’s Guide is meant strictly for health care professionals.

The Food List and Educator’s Guide are available on the OSMH website. To obtain more information for the poster, please contact Sarah Bouchard, Nancy Hunter or Linda Ross Stringer at 705-325-7611.

For further information on LHIN initiatives or partnerships, please contact Susan French at 705-326-7750 x234 or by email at

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