Benefits of Referring Patients to a Registered Dietitian
Nutrition plays a role in 6 of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. In the primary care setting, doctors lack the time necessary to fully educate patients about nutrition and it’s role in prevention and management of chronic disease. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD or RDN) are the nationally recognized experts in food and nutrition. The standard american diet, an eating pattern that is high in added sugars, refined carbohydrates, sodium and unhealthy fats is contributing to the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis and more. Dietitians are extensively trained in providing medical nutrition therapy patients and clients. They understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating. RDs provide a nutrition care plan specifically tailored to each patient’s unique nutritional needs based on their age, gender, food preferences, health conditions and budget concerns. As experts in the field, dietitians work collaboratively with patients and the entire healthcare team to create long-lasting, realistic changes that produce good health outcomes.