Your eating patterns and food choices can play a major supporting role in your health. The role of a dietitian is to provide you with the information and tools to help you take charge of your health by finding a style of eating and exercise that will support your well-being. Your visit with The Portland Clinic’s dietitian may include any of the following services, depending on your needs and preferences.
SERVICES (including, but not limited to)
- Evaluation of your current eating patterns or diet in relation to your health concerns
- Guidelines to help you choose a more healthful pattern of eating
- Meal plans based on your individual nutrition needs
- Evaluation of your blood glucose response to meals and snacks (for patients with diabetes)
- Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and gestational
- Heart disease and congestive heart failure
- High cholesterol, low HDL levels and high triglycerides
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, lactose intolerance and reflux/heartburn
- Weight issues (diet and exercise programs tailored to the individual, with regular follow-up and weight monitoring)
- Bariatric surgery preparation (insurance-mandated nutrition therapy, to be completed 6-12 months prior to surgery for patients referred by their Portland Clinic physician)
- Eating disorders in adults (initial appointment for evaluation of anorexia and bulimia; ongoing nutrition therapy is done only in coordination with a psychotherapist)
- Health maintenance and disease prevention (for those with specific concerns, or a family history of a specific condition, who want to make changes to decrease their risk)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Kidney stones
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
You will get the most from your appointment with the dietitian if you prepare in advance and follow these steps.
- Contact your insurance company to ask if your policy covers medical nutrition therapy by a licensed dietitian for your diagnosis or concern.
- At least three days before your appointment: start filling out the new patient form/three-day food log.
- Bring any vitamins, minerals and herbs that you take.
- Bring labels for unusual foods that you eat regularly or that you want to ask about, such as meal replacement drinks, protein powders and sports bars.