Nutrition counseling provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist can reduce the risk of diabetes and its related health problems through lifestyle and dietary changes, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Health professionals are in agreement that nutrition services are one of the first treatments individuals should receive to improve conditions such as diabetes and its related complications, registered dietitian nutritionist and academy spokeswoman Angela Ginn said in a news release on the academys website.
The academy cited the findings of a study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the Aug. 13 issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, which found about 40% of Americans will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
Research has shown that weight loss through moderate diet changes and physical activity plays a significant role in reducing a persons risk of diabetes and its complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage and other health problems, Ginn, who is also a certified diabetes educator, said in the release. For those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, an RDN can create an eating plan tailored just for you, taking into account your weight, medicines, lifestyle and other health problems you might have. The expert advice of an RDN can help you manage your diabetes while ensuring you get the nutrients your body needs.
RDNs often work as part of a medical team in many practice settings, such as hospitals, physician offices, private practice and other healthcare facilities. Medical nutrition therapy provided by an RDN is covered by insurance plans including Medicare Part B, according to the release.