Managing what you eat and having a healthy diet can be tricky. The onset of health issues and an abundance of diet options add to the frustration. But, there is hope for you to have a healthy diet and not become overwhelmed by the changes. Medical nutrition therapy is a tool to help you develop safer eating habits and take control of your health. Here is what you can expect from Medical nutrition therapy and how it’s helped people transform their lives.
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
A common misconception is that medical nutrition therapy is the same as dietary counseling. While the two terms can be confused, they have several differences that set them apart.
Dietary counseling is a general overview of basic health information. It serves as a guide for the general public on safe foods and their recommended quantities.
Medical nutrition therapy is a more personalized dietary approach for individuals. It aims to help those with medical conditions use their diet to help manage their health.
Who Could Use Medical Nutrition Therapy?
If you believe you have a chronic illness due in part to diet, medical nutrition therapy may help you.
Research suggests medical nutrition therapy can help with many conditions, including
- Heart Disease
- High blood pressure
- Digestive issues
- Kidney disease
- Many others
Medical nutrition therapy can also help prevent chronic illnesses from developing. But, each case is different and requires the expertise of medical professionals.
How To Get Started With Medical Nutrition Therapy
Not every situation calls for medical nutrition therapy.
If you’re healthy and well nourished, medical nutrition therapy may not be necessary. MNT is usually part of a care plan for someone admitted to the hospital. But
Sometimes doctors believe MNT can help those who suffer from chronic conditions. If this is your case, the doctor partner’s with a registered dietician to design a nutrition plan to fit your needs. MNT combined with exercise and medication can help you get your health back on track.
If you want to learn more, contact Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center. Our Show Low office is happy to help you find a nutrition plan that allows you to live a healthy life. Schedule a consultation by calling us at (928)-968-5009.