General nutrition advice is valuable, but you may need specific dietary information because of a health condition or a wellness objective you have.

For example, a registered dietitian may help you:

  • Manage a chronic disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or gout (a type of arthritis). You’ll learn how your food choices can affect your health condition.
  • Shed unwanted pounds. A registered dietitian can help tailor an eating and exercise plan for burning more calories than you take in.
  • Live well with a restrictive diet. If you have a food allergy or a digestive condition (such as celiac disease or GERD), you may need to avoid certain foods or beverages. A dietitian can help you learn to do this without sacrificing nutritious (and delicious) foods.
  • Manage weight-loss surgery. A dietitian can help you get enough key nutrients, even when your stomach can only hold small amounts of food.
  • Fuel your athletic performance.Curious about carb loading or recovery foods? Many dietitians specialize in sports nutrition. They’ll help you create a game plan.

Ask your doctor if you could benefit from working with a registered dietitian and how to connect with one.