“Lose some weight,” “Don’t eat fat,” “Reduce sodium,” “Stay away from sugar,” “Eat smaller portions.” Sound familiar? Good advice, certainly, but it’s so vague. Carefully planning your meals and changing eating behavior are the most difficult aspects of improving your health. And if you have diabetes, it’s a whole lot more than just avoiding sugar. For that reason your doctor may suggest that you visit a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) for help managing your diet.
Here are a few of the many benefits of working with an RDN.
The highest level of nutrition counseling: Registered dietitian nutritionists meet stringent academic and professional requirements, including earning at least a bachelor’s degree, completing a supervised practice program and passing a registration examination. RDNs must also complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration. More than half of all RDNs have also earned master’s degrees or higher.
“Congress and federal health agencies like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have recognized that registered dietitians’ expertise in nutrition and health is more extensive than any other health profession,” Sheth said.
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