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
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
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.