Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management

How you can benefit from consulting with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN):

  • You want to eat smarter to improve your health. An RD/RDN can help you sort through  available information to tell truth from fiction; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive; learn how to dine out without ruining your eating plan, and how to resist workplace temptations.
  • You have medical issues, such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, or kidney problems.  An RD/RDN serves as an integral part of your healthcare team by helping you safely change your eating plan to help manage chronic conditions.
  • You have digestive issues or food allergies requiring a specialized diet. An RD/RDN will work with you and your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition.
  • You need assistance managing your weight goals. An RD/RDN can help you plan an individualized diet plan that incorporates your favorite foods to help you healthily lose, gain, or manage your weight.
  • You are caring for an aging parent.  An RD can help with food or drug interactions, proper hydration, special diets for blood pressure issues and changing taste buds.

Chronic Disease Resources

  • Osteoporosis is sometimes called a "silent disease," with few if any noticeable changes to your health to indicate you have it. Often, the first indication of osteoporosis is when a bone breaks. Taking steps to build bone health while you are young can literally make or break what will happen to your bones as you age. However, at every age, a bone-building diet and regular physical activity are important. They help ensure bone tissue continues to be built.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. One in three adults has some form of heart/cardiovascular disease. Many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable, and food choices have a big impact on your heart’s health, even if you have other risk factors.  American Heart Association, Vermont  
  • Diabetes  is a condition that affects how your body uses energy, in the form of glucose, from food. People with diabetes have a high level of glucose in their blood. People with diabetes need to keep their blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Blood sugar levels are controlled through diet, physical activity and, for some people, medication or insulin injections.    American Diabetes Association
  • Cancer  strikes about one in three adults over his or her lifetime. The good news: lifestyle changes, along with early detection, can prevent nearly half of all cancer deaths. Your diet is one of the most important factors under your control that can reduce cancer risk.  American Cancer Society
  • Hypertension and Kidney Disease:  The most common cause of hypertension (high blood pressure) is diet and lifestyle. The most common causes of chronic kidney disease are poorly controlled diabetes and high blood pressure.  National Kidney Foundation
    • DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Research supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes (NHLBI) has shown that the DASH eating plan can lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol which can reduce your risk for heart disease. This heart-healthy eating plan also provides nutrients that are in short supply in many Americans' diets.
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases and Disorders
    • Celiac disease is an immune disorder in which people cannot tolerate gluten (in wheat, rye, and barley) because it damages the inner lining of their small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients. Gluten sensitivity is a condition with symptoms similar to those of celiac disease that improve when gluten is eliminated from the diet, although intestinal damage is not present. With careful planning, a gluten free diet can be nutritious, delicious, and restore your good health. See the following links for more information about celiac disease: Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Living Resources    Diagnosed with Celiac Disease
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not a disease; it is a group of symptoms that occur together that affect the intestine. Studies estimate that IBS affects 10 to 15 percent of adults, twice as many women as men. Diet changes, stress management and a healthy, active lifestyle can help you manage IBS.

Community Resources

  • The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is working to make Vermont the best state in which to grow old or to live with a disability ~ with dignity, respect and independence. The department includes four divisions including- Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Disability and Aging Services, Licensing and Protection, Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The Mission of the CDC is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health - through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.  Contains resources for information, handouts, etc. when you click on a topic.  
  • Vermont Department of Health  
  • University of Vermont Medical Center