The RDN Difference: Transforming Wellness Through Expert Nutritional Counseling
Nutrition research explores the complex relationship between the nutrients found in food and the effects they have on our health. When you consider the complexity of the human body and the expanding number of identified nutrients, it is no surprise that nutrition plays a much larger role in our health than once believed. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are valuable resources for translating nutrition research to practical actionary solutions for the prevention, treatment, and reversal of disease. This process is known as Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). MNT is the nutrition care process with the goal to improve individual health or prevent disease progression. The following gives an overview of the implications of MNT in the life cycle, in specific disease states, as well as in the promising solutions nutrition holds in solving some of our most pressing health concerns.
Preview : For Providers
Why Your Patients Benefit from Nutrimedy
Pregnancy is a pivotal time in a woman’s life in which her health status has profound impacts on the outcome of her pregnancy as well as the long-term health of her and her child. Increasing research suggests that in utero nutrition has lasting implications on lifetime disease risk. Over- or under- nutrition is correlated to childhood and adult obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Complications during pregnancy can also increase the risk for moms to develop disease post delivery. For example, women who have gestational diabetes are 60% more likely to develop Type II diabetes within ten years after they deliver. Ensuring adequate nutrition during pregnancy can set mom and baby up for healthy futures.
Preview: For Employers
Employee Wellbeing: Investing in a Healthy Pregnancy
Over 80% of employers offer wellness benefits to their employee populations. Employers recognize that a healthy workforce can reduce healthcare costs, absenteeism, and increase productivity. Worksite wellness programs incentivize employees to live healthier lives. However, these programs tend to be broad and not personalized to encompass the entire employee population. As such, very few offer specific support for women who are pregnant and are undergoing the most important nine months of their lives. This is especially important because women are an increasing part of America’s workforce, currently making up 46% of employees. Furthermore, 40.6% of women hold upper management positions and 82% of women work until the last month of their pregnancy. Women are the largest growing talent pool in America. Therefore, supporting healthy pregnancies will be paramount for the economic success of many companies.
Outcomes for Heart Failure Improve with Nutrition Interventions
Despite major advances in medications and surgical interventions for heart failure (HF) and its related complications, HF remains one of the most rapidly growing cardiovascular conditions in the US. It currently affects almost 6.5 million Americans1 with incident cases around 650,000 per year. This number is expected to continue to climb, especially among the growing aging population, and it is estimated that over 8 million people, or about 1 out of 33, in the US will have HF by 2030. The disease is also associated with high morbidity and mortality and has a 5 year survival rate of 50%.
Outcomes for Cancer
Treatment Improve with Nutrition Interventions
As the second leading cause of death in the United States1, cancer is a pervasive and multifaceted disease. It is estimated that nearly 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. While the overall rate of death from cancer has been declining since the 1990s, the incidence of cancer is expected to increase as the United State’s population ages.
IBD and Patient Outcome Improvements with Nutrition Intervention
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to refer to Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC), both of which are characterised by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This type of chronic inflammation can result in severe, long lasting damage to the intestine, and can have a negative impact on one’s overall quality of life.2 CD and UC are very similar inflammatory conditions, but the primary identifier between them is the site of inflammation along the GI tract.
Nutrition Intervention for the Management
of Chronic Kidney Disease and
End Stage Renal Disease
A Nutritional Approach to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Management
Unintentional Weight Loss in Chronic Illness
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is defined as an irreversible abnormality or deterioration of kidney function persisting for a duration of 3 months or more. CKD is a progressive disease that often leads to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) which is the permanent loss of kidney function.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a long-lasting condition when stomach contents frequently flow back into the esophagus, causing symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, nausea, swallowing difficulties, and other complications of the mouth, throat, or lungs.
The conversation surrounding weight in healthcare is often about weight loss. An overweight or obese body mass index has been correlated with an extensive list of comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, depression, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. As such, weight loss is often discussed as if universally applicable to all patients.