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  • Maddy Belaustegui


Updated: Jul 7, 2021

Registered Dietitians (RD) receive extensive education and training in almost every medical condition. Some people just think dietitians exist to help people lose weight, but that couldn't be further from the truth. A dietitian's job goes well beyond giving you a list of foods. Dietitians can assist with any condition involving food and hydration and it just so happens that food affects every process in the body in some way. Your heartbeat, metabolism, red blood cell production, sleep, hormones, and literally everything else in your body can only function properly with the proper input (ie food). So even though a doctor may diagnose a condition and prescribe medicine, complete your care, properly manage your condition, and improve the quality of your life by seeing a dietitian next.

A dietitian can assist with...

  • Eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, or a history of yo-yo dieting

  • Gastrointestinal disorders such as Chron's disease, ulcerative colitis, IBD, and gastritis

  • Pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding women

  • High blood pressure

  • Type I, II, or gestational diabetes

  • Autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac's disease, lupus

  • Cancer

  • Food allergies

  • Busy lifestyle

  • Conditions of the kidneys or liver

  • Hormone/endocrine disorders

  • Before and after surgery

  • Recovering from any injury including sports or orthopedic injury

  • Performance and sports nutrition

  • Underweight, overweight, or anyone struggling to find a healthy weight and improve body image and energy levels

  • Osteoporosis

  • Mental health conditions and unhealthy relationship with food

Finally, know that most doctors receive very limited nutrition education during their schooling. So if they give you a packet of information and say "eat this; not that" after your appointment, you will want to see a dietitian to properly understand that information and safely implement it in your life.

Check this out for more info.

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