Manage Medical Conditions with Medical Nutrition Therapy
Nutrition is an essential component of the management of many medical conditions. Appropriate medical nutrition therapy can improve your health and quality of life, reduce or eliminate the need for medications, and prevent progression of health problems.
Through nutrition counseling and dietary changes you can:
- Lower Cholesterol
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Manage Pre-Diabetes, PCOS, & Metabolic Syndrome
- Eat Well with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance
- Reduce Uncomfortable Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation
Lower Your Cholesterol
If you have high cholesterol, you have a lot of options. Surely you know about medications- there is a tremendous amount of advertising money spent annually encouraging you to take them. If your doctor suggests you start a cholesterol lowering drug as a first step, ask him or her if you could try changing your diet and activity level first. If you start a drug and change your diet at the same time, you and your doctor will never know how responsive your cholesterol level is to diet.
Many clients have told us they were surprised how easy it was to lower their cholesterol. If you are like many people, a few simple, tasty changes to your diet can significantly lower your cholesterol. We have helped hundreds of people lower their cholesterol. None of them gave up all their favorite foods. We can help you bring in more of the “good stuff” – foods you probably already enjoy but may have been eating less of in recent years. And we’ll help you find acceptable replacements for the foods that tend to increase cholesterol – or help you figure out how to eat a little less of them. Even if your cholesterol doesn’t go down at all with nutrition changes, you will be eating better and that can benefit you in many ways.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, lowering your cholesterol level decreases your chances of having a heart attack. Lowering cholesterol may also slow down, reduce, or even stop cholesterol from building up in the arteries in your heart as well as those in other parts of your body. The main goal of cholesterol-lowering treatment is to lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level enough to reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
Changing your lifestyle can lower your systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 20-50 points or more. Losing as little as 10 pounds, eating more of some foods and less of others, and being more active can make a big difference! Even if you still need drugs, lifestyle changes may make the drugs work better and reduce the amount you need.
The National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that keeping your blood pressure down is very important! Keeping it low decreases your chances of having a stroke or a heart attack. It also reduces the risk of congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and dementia. Many people who are being treated for high blood pressure aren’t getting their blood pressure low enough.
High blood pressure is a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher. Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure. It is called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms. Some people don’t find out they have it until they have trouble with their heart, brain, or kidneys. The good news is that high blood pressure can be treated and controlled.
Manage Pre-Diabetes, PCOS, & Metabolic Syndrome
A routine of regular, healthy meals and enjoyable physical activity is your best defense when it comes to managing these conditions. We can help you do this in a way that is enjoyable and sustainable!
We do not work with people who have Type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes, or Type 2 diabetes that requires multiple medications. If you have one of these diagnoses, we recommend Hope Damon, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, in New London (603-526-2078) or Concord Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program.
Eat Well with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance
The popularity of gluten free diets is soaring. Whether you’re new to a gluten free diet or have followed one for years, this is an exciting time. Never before have there been so many gluten free options in the grocery store or restaurants. And the scientific advances that are being made with regard to celiac disease and gluten intolerance are fascinating.
Here are some ways that we can help with all things gluten free:
- Provide accurate, current information about celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and the gluten free diet
- Help you decide if you are a good candidate for a gluten free diet
- Help you determine why you still have symptoms after eliminating gluten
- Provide coaching on how to follow a healthy gluten free diet (gluten free diets can be lacking in several nutrients)
3 Great Resources for People on Gluten Free Diets:
Gluten Free Living- fantastic magazine for those living a gluten free life http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/
New England Celiac Organization – Massachusetts based group that offers information-packed programs several times a year including a huge expo for tasting and buying GF foods https://www.neceliac.org/ Click here to read/download a free article about gluten intolerance that I wrote for the Concord Food Coop newsletter.
Reduce Uncomfortable Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation
In many cases, unpleasant gastrointestinal problems such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation can be related to your diet. If you have worked with your doctor and determined that your symptoms do not have a medical cause, we would be happy to help you figure out what nutritional changes might make you feel better.