Early this week I saw a interesting article about Dietitian profession is number 6 as a stress free career. Click this link: http://t.co/kkYPJa5MLw. There are so many benefits seeing a Registered Dietitian (RD). Here are some of the benefits from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics below:
RDs Improve Health Outcomes
RD’s have demonstrated improved outcomes related to weight management:
- Studies show Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provided by an RD to overweight and obese adults for less than 6 months yields significant weight losses of approximately 1 to 2 pounds per week.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provided from 6 to 12 months yielded significant mean weight losses of up to 10% of body weight with maintenance of this weight loss beyond 1 year.
- Improved health outcomes using MNT by RDs have been published in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, disorders of lipid metabolism, HIV infection, pregnancy, chronic kidney disease and unintended weight loss in older adults.
Reimbursement for RD Services
- RDs have a strong clinical and counseling background and therefore can effectively provide to Medicare patients Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for Obesity and help with the Annual Wellness Visit incident to the primary care provider.
- Many private health plans cover MNT provided by the RD for a wide variety of chronic conditions.
RDs Provide a Positive Return on Investment
- MNT is linked to improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs related to physician time, medication use and hospital admissions for people with obesity, diabetes, disorders of lipid metabolism and other chronic disease.
- An RD- delivered lifestyle approach to diabetes and obesity improved diverse indicators of health, including weight, HbA1c, health-related quality of life, use of prescription medications, productivity, and total health care costs. For every dollar invested in the RD-led lifestyle modification program, there was a return of $14.58.
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