There’s an undeniable link between good nutrition and good health. Medical nutrition therapy, also sometimes referred to as therapeutic nutrition, involves working with a registered dietitian (RD) to use diet and nutrition as tools to help prevent or treat medical issues and symptoms.
A registered dietitian is an expert in the fields of food and nutrition, and has met academic and professional criteria to quality for the credential “RD.” An RD is educated not only about how diet and nutrition play a part in weight management, but also how diet and nutrition affect overall health and play a part in disease prevention and management. A registered dietician can be one of the most important healthcare professionals on a person’s healthcare team.
People who can benefit from medical nutrition therapy include those suffering from:
• heart disease, blood pressure or cholesterol issues
• diabetes including Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes
• gastrointestinal problems such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease
• pulmonary disease
• renal disease
In addition, medical nutrition therapy can be used to help infants experiencing failure-to-thrive issues or other feeding problems.
As part of medical nutrition therapy, an RD assesses nutritional needs, creates a plan founded on proven nutritional practices, educates patients about nutrition and health lifestyle choices, evaluates progress and tailors a nutritional plan as necessary.
To learn more about medical nutrition therapy, and how it could be used to help you live a healthier life, contact us at the Medical Center of Plano. We offer one-on-one appointments with an RD, group classes, community seminars and more. Visit us at The Medical Center of Plano online or call (972) 519-1207.