Nine Reasons to See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a healthcare professional who has completed college training plus an internship and has studied the science of nutrition. The RDN provides Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in the treatment of various diseases, with the goal being overall health. Also, RDNs often have additional certifications and specialties. For example, an RDN could also be a Certified Diabetes Educator.
It is important to know that all dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. Nutritionists may be an individual who studied nutrition, but not trained in Medical Nutrition Therapy or may not have any formal training.
The following are just a few of the reasons to consult with a RDN.
- You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. An RD will help you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
- You are thinking of having or have had bariatric surgery. Regardless of the technique, weight loss surgery often means making some major adjustments in your meal plan. An RD, working closely with you and your physician, will provide you with a customized nutritional plan of action.
- You have digestive problems. Lactose intolerance? Gluten sensitivity? IBS? GERD? Registered dietitians can fine tune your diet in order to keep these problems under control.
- You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. An RD can help make sure you are taking in the appropriate nutrients for the health of your baby, like folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy.
- You’re concerned about your family eating healthfully. An RD can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and overweight issues.
- You need to gain or lose weight. An RD can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain. They can also provide a customized eating plan (plus regular physical activity) for weight loss, without compromising all of your favorite foods.
- You’re caring for an aging parent. An RD can help with food or drug interactions, insure proper hydration, and prepare special diets for all medical problems while dealing with changing taste buds as we age.
- You want to eat smarter. An RD can help you sort through misinformation – learn how to read labels at the supermarket, discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, learn how to dine out without ruining your eating plan, and how to deal with workplace temptations.
- You want to improve your performance in sports.Want to know the right balance of carbs and protein to optimize your performance? An RD will tell you this, while helping you set goals to achieve results – whether you’re running a marathon, skiing, or jogging with your dog.
Interested in contacting a RDN? Most health insurance companies do cover the services of an RDN. Check with your health insurance company, and contact HealthWay RI today to schedule an initial appointment. Give us a call at (401) 228-6010, or visit any of our 3 locations in Lincoln, Greenville, or Cranston, RI.