Do I need a referral to see a nutritionist?
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Besides, is it better to see a dietician or a nutritionist?
One of the major differences is that a dietitian can help to diagnose eating disorders or help plan meals for the managing of symptoms of health problems. While nutritionists can certainly offer support in these areas, most of their work deals with food behavior.
Also, what can I expect at a nutritionist appointment? A nutrition visit includes listening to the patient, educating, providing suggestions and educational materials, and offering ongoing support in the patient's quest for better health. I cheer on patients as they make changes, regardless of how small.
Just so, how do you get referred to a nutritionist?
Good sources of referrals include:
- Your doctor. Tell your doctor you're interested in nutrition counseling.
- Local public health department.
- Local hospitals.
- The nutrition department at a nearby college or university.
- The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
- Your insurance company.
Is seeing a dietitian worth it?
Finding the right person can be a challenge. It might even make you feel worse. “Finding a dietitian is almost as hard as finding a therapist,” says Davis. “You might not like the first person you see. Once you find a good fit, hiring a nutritionist or dietitian can ultimately be very beneficial for your health.