As the nation’s nutritional conscience, registered dietitians are committed to improving the health of their patients and community.The American Dietetic Association (ADA) expresses that registered dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. There are many people out there that call themselves “nutritionists” but RDs have degrees in nutrition and dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited universities.They also complete an internship, which is usually at least one year long and are required to pass a licensing examination to be able to have the RD credentials. Registered Dietitians use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. RDs work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
Do you want to lose or gain weight? Are you pregnant, looking to become pregnant or looking for ways to maintain your health in your older years? Are you an athlete looking to boost performance?
These are just a few of the reasons people seek the expert, evidence-based counsel of a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Though a growing profession in Ghana,there is an ample number of registered dietitians here in thenext time you visit your physician, ask for the RDs office to go say “Hello”.
Here are 10 common reasons you should consult with a registered dietitian:
- You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. An RD serves as an integral part of your health-care team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
- You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it’s a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. An RD will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs.
- You have digestive problems. A registered dietitian will work with your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried foods, too much caffeine or carbonation.
- You are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. A registered dietitian can help make sure you get nutrients such as folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy, lowering your newborn’s risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects.
- You need guidance and confidence for breast-feeding your baby. A registered dietitian can help make sure you’re getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.
- Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. A registered dietitian can assist with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues.
- You need to gain or lose weight. A registered dietitian can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan, plus regular physical activity for weight loss, while still eating all your favorite food.
- You are caring for an aging parent. A registered dietitian can help with food or drug interactions, proper hydration, special diets for hypertension and changing taste buds as you age.
- You want to eat smarter. A registered dietitian t can help you sort through misinformation. Learn how to read labels at the supermarket, discover how healthy cooking is inexpensive, learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations.
- You want to improve your performance in sports. A registered dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results — whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.
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