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Strawberries, Nature’s Candy: What’s the Right Dose for Diabetes?

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Date: August 10, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm (Central time)

Strawberries provide health effects as antioxidants, free-radicals, and a glucose-lowering agents and can can reduce diabetes risk. Strawberry intervention in clinical trials and the effects on diabetes has been studied and showed benefits in improving insulin resistance and dyslipidemia in diabetes. The dosing and timing of strawberry intervention optimal for diabetes will be presented.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 6.2.5, 1.3.1, 8.3.4, 8.1.5, 8.3.5, 11.2.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the health benefits of strawberry consumption and its role as a functional food.
  2. Assess the protective effects of strawberry consumption against the development of diabetes and CVD.
  3. Explain the biological mechanisms underlying the health effects of strawberry consumption on diabetes and CVD.


Arpita Basu, PhD, MPH, RD

Dr. Basu’s research focuses on understanding the health effects of dietary bioactive compounds, such as those found in tea, berries, and cocoa in modulating disease biomarkers in type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and related cardiovascular diseases. She has conducted several clinical trials focused on these foods, beverages, and dietary supplements among adults with the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular risks. Dr. Basu also has extensive research interests in diabetes and nutritional epidemiology and has published reports about prospective associations of lipid and lipoprotein biomarkers with diabetes vascular complications. Prior to coming to UNLV, Dr. Basu was a faculty member in Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University for 10 years. She has been published in more than 70 peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters. Her research has been funded by NIH, USDA, and industry.

Dr. Basu earned her master’s in food & nutrition from University of Calcutta India, a master’s in public health from the University of South Florida USA, and her Ph.D. in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University USA. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical nutrition at University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Basu has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Nutrition since 2012 and has received numerous research awards from the American Society for Nutrition and the American College of Nutrition for her research in dietary bioactive compounds in human health.

Thank you to our generous sponsor, the California Strawberry Commission.

(Statements made should not be viewed as, or considered representative of, any formal position taken on any product, subject or issue by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics / LAHIDAN MIG.)