WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A DIETITIAN?

WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A DIETITIAN?

November 8, 2019 4 By William Morgan


Hi everyone welcome back to my tannel… blah blah, tannel that’s not a word.
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Hi everyone, my name is Kim I am a registered
dietitian; Welcome to my channel. So today
we’ll be talking about when is it time,
how do you know it is time, for you to
see a dietitian? So this can definitely
be a very tricky question. So there are
two reasons why I am making this video.
The first reason is, is because a lot of
you have been emailing me and asking me
questions about your personal health and
it is very, very hard to answer those
questions so that’s why I always defer
you to go to your primary care provider
and see a dietitian. Someone is able to
look at your labs, look at your history
and physical and fully assess you and
give you counseling and advise from that
point. The second reason why I’m making
this video is because seeing I am a
clinical dietitian, I do work in an
inpatient setting and I also do see
outpatients. So I just wanted to share
with you from my personal experience the
times when individuals do come to me. The
information that I am share with you
today is my personal opinion; other
dietitians out there may not agree with
me other primary care providers may not
agree with me so everything in this
video is reflective on my own personal
belief. So the first reason why I think
individuals should see dietitians is
related to weight management. So it can
be anything from weight gain to weight
loss. So individuals which MAY need to
see a dietitian for weight gain are
individuals which do suffer from an
eating disorder. Now with seeing a
dietitian for weight gain for
individuals which do have eating
disorders there are specific types of
dietitians. Not all dietitians are
well-versed in handling
individuals that you have eating
disorders because of course you know
there is a whole entire psychological
component that goes along with it. So an
experienced dietitian is the way to go.
As well for individuals which want to
lose weight there’s some dietitians
which do have certifications in weight
management and this weight loss could be
something as non-invasive as dieting and
exercising to something a little more
invasive such as gastric bypass surgery.
Dietitians can help individuals lose or
gain weight or even if you’re an
individual out there and you’ve been
doing everything right you’re exercising,
your dieting and you’re still not losing
weight or you’re still not gaining weight a
dietitian can help in that aspect as
well. The second reason an individual
wants to see a dietitian is if you have
a new diagnosis and the diagnoses that
I’m focusing on is diabetes,
hyperlipidemia or hypertension. Those
three seem to be the big boys. Something
I didn’t want to say it is very tempting
if you’re diagnosed with a new disease
to go on the internet, to go on the world
wide web and research some things on
your own and then put it into play in
your personal life. The world wide web
does have some credible websites and they
do have some websites that are not
really scientifically, evidenced-based. So
the world wide web is not your personal
dietitian so that is another reason to
sit down and see a dietitian if you are
diagnosed with a new disease state. Another reason an
individual one to see a dietitian is for
GI gastrointestinal issues.
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And this can range from anything related to
constipation to celiac disease and
everything right in between
there. A lot of individuals do have
some stomach upset and I’ll tell you the
truth, stomach upset is not something
pretty! It can definitely alter your
social life. Seeing a dietitian to find
out what foods can help you manage your
bowel disease a little bit better is
worthwhile. So the fourth reason why you
need to see a dietitian or someone would
want to see a dietitian is if you have
any food intolerances or food allergies.
Knowing what foods you can and can’t eat
if you have any type of food
sensitivities is a reason why you
want to see a dietician. A dietitian
will be able to equip you with the
necessary skills that you do need in
order to decipher “is this something that
is safe to eat if I do go to this party
or is this something safe to eat if I do
go out to this restaurant?”, so knowing
what your options are a dietitian can
definitely fill you in on all of that.
The fifth reason and I think this is the
most unknown reason why someone would
want to see a dietitian is just really
to check up on your general health. A lot
of people don’t realize that they can
visit a dietitian just to make sure that
they’re eating properly. So for
individuals just like you or I who want
to know you know “Am I getting the
adequate intake of the different
vitamins as well as different minerals?”
that’s one you would want to see a
dietitian. A dietitian is able to break
down the nutrients in your food and
assess it, compare to the recommended
daily allowances to see if you’re
getting the proper amount of food. I wanted to say
that this list that I gave you is not
exhaustive because individuals that are
pregnant or trying to get pregnant,
individuals that may be training for the
Olympics or training for some type of
sport may need dietitian intervention
as well. Individuals that have cancer can
see dietitians as well. People that have
tube feedings may need to see dietitians
as well. So there’s a multitude of
different reasons why individuals can
see a dietitian. So let me say when seeing
a dietitian one-on-one it can get a
little pricey I’m not even gonna lie.
Some insurance companies depending on
what type of insurance you have can
cover you for treatment. As well there’s
some dietitians who are in private
practice that do take cash payment so
when you guys are looking to see
what dietitian I do want to see first
call your insurance companies and see
will they pay for you to see a
dietitian. I wanted to tell you
dietitians they’re very underutilized
but, they are an integral part of your
overall health. Some dietitians are more
experienced than others in certain
realms like for instance, I would say I
have no idea where I would start in the
realm of being a sports dietitian or a
community dietitian that is something
that I do not practice on a daily basis
but, when it deals with the clinical…(I GOT YOU). So
guys this was just another video to
encourage you to see a dietitian I’m
going to place a few links in my
comments section below on how to find a
dietitian in your area. Thank you guys
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