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Dietitian Nutrition Services

The right diet has a tremendous impact on a person’s health. Whether you are trying to minimize the risk of disease, or are recovering from illness, proper diet and nutrition play a major role.

Doctors Hospital offers nutrition counseling on an inpatient or outpatient basis. With a referral from a physician, a registered dietitian is available to assess your eating habits and educate you on the best diet for your individual health needs.
 
Doctors Hospital Nutrition Services is comprised of clinically trained registered dietitians who are a part of our hospital-wide multidisciplinary network including physicians from various specialties, registered nurses, physical therapists and registered pharmacists.

Services Offered

Nutrition Services offers personalized, individual counseling tailored to your unique health care needs. You can benefit from nutrition therapy in a number of circumstances including:
    Heart disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol
    Diabetes
    Cancer and cancer prevention
    Weight management, weight loss or weight gain
    Gastrointestinal and digestive disorders
    Optimal nutrition for growing children
    Women’s health issues (e.g. pregnancy, menopause, and osteoporosis)
    Fatigue, depression, low energy
    Arthritis / autoimmune diseases
    Healthy vegetarian eating
    Food allergies and intolerances
    Compulsive eating disorders
    Kidney disorders

Medical Nutrition Therapy

The term used to manage medical conditions through nutritional intervention is Medical Nutrition Therapy or MNT.
 
Many medical conditions occur due to stress and poor dietary habits. Nutrition therapy is the science of proper diet, lifestyle strategies and therapeutic nutrient intervention to correct nutritional insufficiencies, promote optimal health, and prevent, manage, or correct medical problems. It includes the assessment of nutrition status followed by appropriate therapy, individualized to a person’s lifestyle.
 
There is much confusion and misinformation concerning diet and nutrition. It is important to verify the educational background of nutrition services providers. The Registered Dietitian (RD) credential is the primary recognized credential in provision of nutrition services. 
 
A dietitian can help you make positive choices in your diet to improve quality of life and enhance medical care for:

Diabetes

Medical Nutrition Therapy is integral to total diabetes care and management. Applying nutrition and meal planning principles is one of the most challenging aspects of diabetes care but essential for successful diabetes management.

Weight Management

Fad diets and “quick and easy” weight loss programs may sound great, but the results are usually short - term with most persons gaining the weight back. To succeed, you must commit to a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime. You can still enjoy eating. Our professional will guide you toward a safe Weight Management Program.

Cardiovascular Health

Heart and artery disease is the top health problem in our nation. The good news is that the risk of cardiovascular disease can be preventable. Diet has long been recognized as a key component in reducing cardiovascular disease risk and illness. Medical Nutrition Therapy at Doctors Hospital can help you take charge of factors you can control to improve cardiovascular health.

Digestive Concerns

Dietary interventions help ease or eliminate the symptoms of reflux, bloating, constipation, indigestion, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal ailments. Nutrition consultation can help you identify and correct eating behaviors and habits that may be contributing to digestive discomfort.

Kidney/Renal Disease

The right diet can help to control the buildup of waste products and fluid to decrease the workload of the kidneys. A diet specially modified in various nutrients may also help to slow down the loss of kidney function.
 
The main goal of the diet is to keep you healthy. If and when this diet is needed, our registered dietitian can assist you in meeting your individualized nutrition goals.

Rehabilitative Assistance

When swallowing or difficulty eating are the result of physical illness or trauma, a dietitian can help you plan and implement an optimum nutrition program (e.g. texture modification, food fortification, or tube feeding management) to regain and maintain functional independence. 

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Pregnancy is a critical period during which maternal nutrition is a key factor influencing the health of both child and mother. Consultation with a nutrition professional will help give you the assurance of balanced and optimal nutrition for this special time of life.

Infants, Toddlers and Adolescents

Balanced nutrition at an early age fosters optimal growth and a lifetime of good health. Healthy eating is the best way to have energy, get needed vitamins and minerals, stay strong for sports or other activities, and maintain a healthy weight. Let our dietitian give you the support and guidance you need; and show you how to provide good nutrition in practical ways to keep you and your family “healthy for life”.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

A healthy diet requires eating enough of the right nutrients and avoiding empty calories. A healthy diet boosts energy levels and improves long term health. In addition, it helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, chronic liver disease, and certain types of cancer.

General Dietary Guidelines

  Eat a variety of foods
  Maintain a healthy weight by balancing the foods you eat with exercise
  Choose a diet high in fiber (whole grains, vegetables and fruits)
  Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol
  Use sugars only in moderation
  Use salt and other sources of sodium in moderation
  If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
  Drink water throughout the day and to quench your thirst
  Do not skip breakfast. Eat meals at regular intervals
  Do not deny yourself your favorite foods. Enjoy them occasionally, but in moderation.
  Exercise portion control. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before reaching for seconds.
  Do not worry about cleaning your plate. Enjoy leftovers as a snack or mini-meal at another time.

Step to a Healthier You

Make smart choices from every food group. Get the most nutrition out your calories. There are tips for each food group available at www.mypyramid.gov.
 
Need a Dietitian? To make an appointment with Julia Lee, R.D, call (242) 302-4641.
 
A referral from a physician is recommended, but not required.
 
Appointments are available between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

What is included in the consultation?

The fee for the initial visit includes an in-depth nutrition assessment and counseling session. Payment is required at the time of appointment. With a referral from your physician, your insurance company may cover the cost of your medical nutrition therapy.

Where to go?

Nutrition Services at Doctors Hospital is located on the first floor of the Medical Complex Building.
 
For an appointment or more information call: Nutrition Services 242-302-4641.

Dietitian Nutrition Services at Doctors Hospital Your Physician Prescribed Diet Guide

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