Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) follows evaluation of a patient's nutrition status. This treatment can range from changes in diet to providing specialized therapies. MNT is a medically necessary and cost-effective way of treating and controlling heart disease, diabetes, weight disorders, cancer and kidney disease, among other conditions. Nutrition as a treatment can speed recovery and reduce the incidence of medical complications, thereby decreasing the number and duration of hospital stays as well as the need for medications, surgery and other treatment.
Dietitians provide nutrition services to patients who are referred by their physician. They work with the medical team to assess the patient's needs and develop a care plan. Services may include a diet history, review of lab data, diet counseling, suggestions for improvement or specialized treatments. In fact, successful treatment of diabetes, kidney disease and other diseases depends on nutrition assessment, monitoring and therapy.
If you think MNT could benefit you, speak with your doctor or call the Bryan LifePointe Clinical Services at (402) 481-6305.