Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy improves your health and quality of life. Whether a dietary change is an individual goal or prescribed by your physician, MedCentral offers a staff of healthcare professionals who can help you translate scientific research into a customized dietary action plan.
Medical Nutrition Therapy has proven effective for management and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, kidney disease and obesity. It can also reduce complications and decrease the need for prescription drugs.
Designed by a licensed and registered dietician, a customized patient plan includes:
- Counseling and education.
- Diet and lifestyle modification.
- Disease self-management skills training.
- Administration of special therapies such as medical foods, tube feedings and intravenous nutrition.
Call 419-520-2550 for more information about nutrition therapy, or ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian. Nutrition services may be tax-deductible; contact your tax adviser to see if these savings apply to you.
Additionally, dietitians and registered dietetic technicians provide:
- Hospital care, including screening, assessment, diet modification, counseling and specialized nutrition therapies.
- Outpatient counseling: Individualized guidance on food selection and meal preparation for disease management and prevention of complications. Clients get the tools they need to take charge of their nutrition, health and overall well-being. For people with chronic renal insufficiency, Medical Nutrition Therapy may help postpone dialysis up to four years.
- Home Care and Hospice: Nutrition services similar to those provided in the hospital, yet given in the home to the client and caregivers. This can decrease the incidence of wounds and health care costs.
- Community service, with presentations to groups on a wide range of topics, participation in health fairs, support groups and other community events, and nutrition therapy for community sports teams.
- Diabetes education, monitored closely with registered nurses to provide comprehensive care for successful self-management of diabetes. The program includes education about self-monitoring of blood glucose, diet and exercise, medications, motivation, and behavior modification. Nutrition therapy is an essential component of treatment and prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.