Manage Medical Conditions
Nutrition is an essential component of the management of many medical conditions.
Appropriate medical nutrition therapy, only provided by Registered Dietitians, can improve your health and quality of life, reduce or eliminate the need for medications, and prevent progression of health problems.
Medical Nutrition Therapy in Concord, NH
Through nutrition counseling and dietary changes you can:
- Reduce uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation
- Lower cholesterol
- Manage pre-diabetes, PCOS, and Metabolic Syndrome
- Lower blood pressure
- Eat well with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance
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. We’d be happy to help you figure out what nutritional changes might make you feel better.
LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL
If you have high cholesterol, you have a lot of options. Surely you know about medications! There’s 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 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’re 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’ll 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.
MANAGE PRE-DIABETES, PCOS, & METABOLIC SYNDROME
A routine of regular 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 a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.
LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Changing your lifestyle can lower your systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 20-50 points or more. 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 one in three American adults has high blood pressure. It’s 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.
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. 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; and
- Provide coaching on how to follow a healthy gluten-free diet (gluten-free diets can be lacking in several nutrients).
Great Resources for People on Gluten-Free Diets
- Gluten-Free Living: Fantastic magazine for those living a gluten-free life
- National Celiac Organization: Offers information-packed programs