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Chronic Disease Management: 5 Invaluable Benefits of Nutritional Therapy

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Chronic Disease Management: 5 Invaluable Benefits of Nutritional Therapy

Nearly half of all Americans have at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases include conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, and they impact your daily life in many ways.

Managing chronic diseases requires a multifaceted approach, and the effects of what you eat can’t be overstated. The food you eat fuels your body, and nutritional therapy at AssociatesMD optimizes your dietary habits to alleviate symptoms and improve your well-being. 

Registered dietitians facilitate our nutrition therapy program. In this blog, we explain five invaluable benefits of embracing nutritional therapy when living with chronic disease.

1. Customized dietary plan

There is an endless amount of information about what makes a “healthy” diet. But for many people, that information can feel overwhelming—it’s not easy to know which foods are best for their unique situation.

Nutritional therapy provides a personalized dietary plan that is developed just for you. Our registered dietitians evaluate your diet, lifestyle, medical history, and health goals during your initial assessment. 

Then, we develop a tailored nutritional plan for you that is realistic, sustainable, and effective.

By understanding your unique needs and challenges, we equip you with the knowledge you need to be successful. 

Everyone’s nutritional needs differ, and no two dietary plans are alike. For instance, a person with high blood pressure may benefit from a diet low in sodium and high in potassium-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, while someone with diabetes may require carbohydrate monitoring and glycemic control strategies.

2. Nutrition therapy helps control blood sugar

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, nutrition therapy can be a crucial element in your overall management plan. Carbohydrate counting, portion control, and meal timing help you control your blood sugar and improve your glycemic management.

We emphasize a balanced diet with complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Following a diabetes-conscious diet like this can help stabilize blood glucose fluctuations and optimize insulin sensitivity.

When creating your nutrition plan, we address dietary preferences, cultural considerations, and lifestyle factors to ensure your nutritional recommendations are feasible and enjoyable. 

With consistency, you can learn to measure and manage your blood sugar, reduce dependence on medication, and minimize your risk of diabetes-related complications.

3. Nutrition therapy helps regulate your blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, nutrition therapy can help you achieve healthier readings. We typically recommend eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. You should also limit sodium intake.

As part of nutritional therapy, our team teaches you how to make healthier food choices and adopt mindful eating practices. Reducing your consumption of processed and high-sodium foods contributes to better blood pressure management and reduces your risk of cardiovascular complications.

4. Nutrition therapy helps manage your cholesterol

Another compelling benefit of nutritional therapy is its impact on cholesterol management. High cholesterol increases the risk of conditions like coronary artery disease and stroke, but dietary modifications can lower these risks.

Our team may recommend reducing your intake of saturated and trans fats, increasing your consumption of fiber-rich foods, and incorporating heart-healthy fats like those found in nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. We help you learn to navigate food labels and plan balanced meals to start lowering your cholesterol naturally.

5. Nutrition therapy helps you achieve long-term wellness

Nutritional therapy helps manage symptoms of chronic disease, but it does more than address your current needs. Our goal is to foster sustainable lifestyle modifications that promote long-term health and well-being.

By embracing nutritional therapy as an integral component of chronic disease management, our team empowers you with a holistic approach to health. 

We’re here to support you every step of the way as you navigate dietary challenges, overcome barriers to healthy eating, and cultivate habits that support your overall health goals.

If you’re living with a chronic disease, don’t overlook the importance of your diet. Learn what nutritional therapy could do for you with a consultation at AssociatesMD in Plantation, Davie, Weston, Margate, Pembroke Pines, Dania Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Call us at 844-954-3627 or request an appointment online now.