Medical Nutrition Therapy
Where previously medical nutrition was mainly used to address malnutrition, medical nutrition solutions are increasingly being developed to treat or prevent diseases.
Americans are suffering from chronic health problems such
as Obesity, Hypertension, Joint pain, Sarcopenia, Depression, Fatigue,
poor Immune response, Infertility, and many more related to
food choices, lifestyle habits, and the environment. Nutritional
insufficiencies and environmental stress can often be corrected
to restore optimal nutritional health before serious health
problems emerge.The term used to manage medical conditions
through nutritional intervention is Medical Nutrition Therapy
Many medical conditions occur due to stress and poor dietary
habits. Nutrition therapy is the science of proper diet, lifestyle
strategies and therapeutic nutrient intervention to correct
nutritional insufficiencies, promote optimal health, and prevent,
manage, or correct medical problems. Complimentary nutrition
therapy optimizes nutritional health in order to enhance medical
care and treatment.
Medical Nutritional products are an important part of nutrition
therapy in preventing and caring for patients with chronic
diseases like diabetes, renal deficiency, Irritable Bowel
Syndrome, and Heart disease.
For conditions such as high cholesterol,
hypertension or high blood pressure, and non-insulin dependent
Diabetes Mellitus most physicians will recommend that the
individual try to reverse the problem with diet and lifestyle
changes before prescribing medication or other forms of treatment.
There are situations where an individual is unable to make
dietary changes necessary to manage their condition or the
illness is caused by genetic inheritance or injury.