Nutrition therapy is a type of medical treatment that involves making dietary changes to manage or prevent certain health conditions. A registered dietitian or nutritionist works with patients to create a personalized nutrition plan to help them achieve their health goals.
Nutrition therapy may be recommended for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Kidney disease
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Eating disorders
During a nutrition therapy session, the registered dietitian will evaluate the patient’s medical history, current health status, and dietary habits, and develop a personalized nutrition plan to meet the patient’s specific needs and goals. The plan may include recommendations for:
- Specific nutrients or foods to include or avoid
- Meal planning or preparation tips
- Strategies to manage symptoms or side effects related to the condition
- Education on reading food labels or preparing healthy meals
- Referrals to other healthcare providers or resources as needed
The length and frequency of nutrition therapy will depend on the patient’s condition and goals. Some patients may need only a few sessions, while others may require ongoing treatment over several weeks or months.
Overall, nutrition therapy can be an effective way to manage or prevent certain health conditions and improve overall health and well-being.
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