Prevention and treatment of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cardiometabolic diseases takes a specialized approach to nutrition.
Healthy Lifestyle Refinery is committed to helping those at risk and those suffering from cardiometabolic diseases with a comprehensive, individualized approach to nutrition. Claire utilizes an integrative and functional approach to nutrition. This unique approach emphasizes individuality, recognizing there is no “perfect diet” for everyone, rather each person has different needs based on their genetics, lifestyle, preferences and current medical problems. Functional nutrition uses food to maximize health potential and reverse disease. Claire truly believes that food is not only fuel, but also serves to communicate key messages to body systems to keep them functioning at the highest level. It is the food constituents (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals) that play such a large role in communication between body systems and also power metabolic pathways so we can achieve our greatest state of health.
Providing nutrition services to clients with cardiometabolic conditions is some of the most rewarding work that Claire does. Cardiometabolic conditions respond remarkably well to diet and lifestyle interventions, and many clients gain a lifetime of benefits from Claire’s nutrition services.
Whether you have been diagnosed with a condition or you are at risk for developing one, Healthy Lifestyle Refinery can help. Claire has extensive experience helping clients with the following concerns:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Insulin Resistance
- High Cholesterol
- High Triglycerides
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Increased Belly Fat or Waist circumference
- Metabolic Syndrome
Symptoms of Cardiometabolic Risk and Metabolic Diseases
The unfortunate thing about many cardiometabolic diseases is that they often have “silent” symptoms, meaning we cannot feel them. We don’t necessarily feel high cholesterol or elevated blood sugar. Often times there is dysfunction in the body long before official diagnosis and treatment for cardiometabolic disease. It’s important to be regularly screened for these problems so that you can intervene before disease progresses. Often times when you hear from the doctor that you cholesterol is high or you have “borderline” diabetes or any other condition, the first line of treatment is diet. A Registered Dietitian is the trusted source to prescribe this most powerful medicine, FOOD!
Personalized Nutrition Counseling
In addition to providing in-depth nutrition education, Claire provides counseling to clients that involves setting nutrition and health goals, while also teaching clients tools and strategies to initiate healthy behavior change. Resources for meal planning are also available to clients to take the guess work out of healthy eating. Nutrition services are tailored to each client to attain realistic behavior changes which can be sustained for a lifetime.
How a Nutritionist/Dietitian Can Help with Cardiometabolic Disease Control
Controlling conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol begins with identifying diet and lifestyle related habits that contribute to development of these problems. Working with a dietitian to implement nutrition interventions is shown to improve disease outcomes and improve quality of life.
- Studies have shown adult patients with high blood pressure who received medical nutrition therapy from a dietitian saw significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- After working with a dietitian for 3-6 months, patients with diabetes report reductions in A1C levels from 0.25% to 2.9%. Patients also observed improvements in blood lipids and a reduced need for medication.
- Other data examined the cholesterol levels of patients working with a dietitian for 3-6 visits. These patients saw a 6-13% reduction in total cholesterol and a 7-14% reduction in LDL cholesterol. A much more cost effective therapy than statin drugs.
A professional dietitianworks with clients to evaluate current medical problems, nutrition and diet history, weight history, current medications and supplements and relevant lab work.
After the initial nutrition assessment is complete, the dietitian and patient develop a unique plan tailored to suit the specific needs of the client. Once a nutrition plan of care has been created, the dietitian follows up with clients on a continuous basis to provide support, education, accountability and ensure goals are met. This process involves learning tools that support long-term behavior change for clients.
Don’t let a cardiometabolic diagnosis stop you from living your healthiest life. Contact Claire today to set up your FREE 15 minute discovery session to begin your journey to wellness. .