Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) are food and nutrition professionals.
Here are just a few reasons people seek the expert, science-based advice
of an RDN.
You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. An RDN serves as an integral part of your healthcare team by helping you
safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it’s a challenge
to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. An RDN will work with
you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs.
You have digestive problems. A registered dietitian nutritionist will work with your physician to help
fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried
foods, too much caffeine or carbonation.
You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help make sure you get nutrients
like folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy, lowering
your newborn’s risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects.
You need guidance and confidence for breastfeeding your baby. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help make sure you’re getting
enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.
Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. A registered dietitian nutritionist can assist with eating disorders like
anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues.
You need to gain or lose weight. A registered dietitian nutritionist can suggest additional calorie sources
for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus regular
physical activity for weight loss while allowing you to still eat all
your favorite foods.
You’re caring for your aging parent. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help with food or drug interaction,
proper hydration, special diets for hypertension and changing taste buds
for aging parents.
You want to eat smarter. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you sort through misinformation;
learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking
is inexpensive; and learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plans
and how to resist workplace temptations.
You want to improve your performance in sports. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you set goals to achieve
results—whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging
with your dog.