Registered Dietitian

Consultation Questions & Answers


A registered dietitian (RD or RDN) is a food or nutrition expert that has met academic and professional requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A RD is trained to assess and evaluate individuals for all types of nutrition-related health conditions and provide high-quality education and intervention.

Q: What does a Registered Dietitian do?

A: A registered dietitian has training in nutrition on all aspects of nutrition from infants, pregnancy and breastfeeding, to the elderly.

This knowledge and training also covers a wide variety of disease states and may include specialty training and experience in the following:

  • Diabetes management (Prediabetes, Type 2 and Type 1, Gestational Diabetes)

  • Weight Management (Weight loss or weight)

  • Gastrointestinal problems (i.e. diarrhea, constipation, IBS, etc)

  • Food allergies and sensitivities

  • Maternal and Child Nutrition

  • Lactation

  • Eating disorders

  • Heart disease (i.e. Cholesterol, blood pressure)

  • Other chronic diseases

Q: When should I see a Registered Dietitian?

A: Registered Dietitian can help you:

  • Learn to manage the nutrition component of your chronic disease (Diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc).

  • Learn how to establish a healthy weight.

  • Learn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

  • As part of a team to help with eating disorders.

  • Learn how to eat with a food allergy or sensitivity.

  • Learn and make changes in individual and family nutrition, including feeding infants and children.

  • Have better health with nutrition and lifestyle changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  • Understand how to improve your health through nutrition.

  • Set achievable goals for nutrition, health and exercise.

  • Understand the nutrition component for a wide variety of disease states.

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