Dietitians are healthcare professionals who have completed education in how nutrition affects health and are credentialed to provide dietary advice.
They often work with other healthcare professionals to help people optimize their health but may also practice independently.
People who see dietitians often have a health condition that is affected to some degree by diet. What you eat has a tremendous impact on your overall health, and correctly managing your diet can help you to choose the foods that are best for you.
Not only can dietitians help you understand what foods are best for your situation but can also develop a personalized plan that works best for your specific preferences and lifestyle.
Below is a list of reasons to see a dietitian.
1. You Want to Manage Your WeightWe invite you to to learn more about how our dietitians can help you achieve optimal health through improved nutrition.
When your weight is above your ideal body weight, it increases the risk of many diseases and decreases your overall health. Many people in the United States struggle with being overweight, and diet is often a key factor of this problem.
Dietitians can help you to develop a diet that actually works for you in the long term.
Everyone is different, and developing a personalized dietary plan can help you to successfully lose weight in a way that works best for you.
2. You Want to Manage Chronic Disease
One reason that dietitians are frequently consulted is to help manage chronic disease.
Many diseases can be managed by paying careful attention to diet, thereby improving your overall health and well-being.
While what you eat influences many diseases to some extent, there are some chronic diseases that are highly linked to diet:
- Diabetes - People with diabetes have problems controlling their blood sugar levels. Dietitians can help develop a diet that helps to regulate blood sugar levels and avoid extreme changes.
- Blood Pressure - Blood pressure is strongly affected by weight and diet. Consultation with a dietitian can lead to improved control of blood pressure and help avoid complications that high blood pressure can cause.
- Gout - Gout is a type of arthritis that leads to intense pain in specific joints. Gout occurs because uric acid builds up within joints. Dietary modification can reduce this buildup and improve joint comfort.
- High Cholesterol - High cholesterol levels are known to increase your risk of many different diseases. Elevated cholesterol levels are strongly correlated with what you eat, and dietitians can help you to achieve normal cholesterol levels.
3. You Want to Improve Your Athletic Performance
While many people think of dietitians as helping people who have a health need, they also work with healthy individuals in many different cases.
One important example is working with athletes.
Diet has a strong impact on athletic performance and how effective training is. By working with a professional dietitian, athletes can optimize their performance.
4. You Want to Optimize Health
Not everyone who is healthy and uses a dietitian has to be an athlete.
Someone who simply wants to achieve as healthy a lifestyle as possible may choose to work with a dietitian to help them make choices that will reduce the risks of disease developing and help them to feel as healthy and alert as possible.
5. You Have Digestive Problems
Diet strongly influences how hard your digestive system works and the stresses that it will encounter.
There are many different causes of digestive problems, and following a good diet will not completely solve every digestive problem that can occur.
Diet does, however, play an important role in how the digestive system works and will impact digestive health to some extent, even in people who have chronic digestive problems.
6. You Have Food Allergies or Sensitivities
Many people have sensitivities or allergies to certain foods.
While an allergy to something like shellfish may be an occasional problem, some allergies, such as an allergy to milk, can be very complicated to work around.
Dietitians can help you to follow a diet that avoids allergens or foods that you are sensitive to.
They can also assist in identifying possible sensitivities or allergies that you may not be aware of.
7. You Are Planning Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgeries are used to promote weight loss but do involve a significant change in someone’s diet.
The purpose of gastric bypass surgery is to reduce the size of the stomach, making you feel full faster.
People who undergo this surgery will need to follow a diet that allows them to get the nutrition they need from a smaller amount of food and to develop a dietary plan that helps them to avoid overeating.
Dietitians are almost always involved in the care of someone planning to undergo gastric bypass surgery.
8. You Have an Eating Disorder
Eating disorders can profoundly impact your health.
Dietitians can help those with eating disorders to maximize the nutrition they get from their food and learn strategies that avoid or minimize health problems that eating disorders cause.
While dietary help alone will not be sufficient to help someone with an eating disorder, it can reduce the complications that these disorders may cause.
9. You Are Pregnant or Trying to Conceive
Last, but not least, you may want to see a dietitian if you're pregnant or trying to conceive.
What you eat may impact your fertility and is an important consideration while pregnant.
During the nine months of pregnancy, a mother’s diet will be responsible for the baby's developing brain, bones, muscles, and every other structure of their body.
Maintaining a diet that ensures the nutrients are present that are needed for healthy development of the baby and optimal health of the mother is very important.
While prenatal supplements help during pregnancy, they are not a replacement for a good diet. Dietitians can provide helpful advice during pregnancy.
Meet Our Dietitian
Noorani Medical Center provides a registered dietitian in Riverview who will help you to optimize your nutrition to meet your unique health needs while still being able to follow a diet that works best with your lifestyle.
We invite you to contact us to learn more about how our dietitians can help you achieve optimal health through improved nutrition.