Medical Nutrition Therapy
Through nutrition therapy, we help you learn how to eat better—so you can be healthier.
What is Nutrition Therapy?
Nutrition Therapy is an essential component of comprehensive health care. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving nutrition therapy. Examples of medical conditions improved with Nutrition Therapy include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- High Blood Cholesterol and Heart Disease (including Heart Failure)
- Gastrointestinal Diseases such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease
- Food Allergies (such as to dairy products, nuts, seafood, etc.)
- Mechanical Feeding Problems (often resolved with feeding tube placement)
Who Provides Nutrition Therapy?
A Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) who is licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN). All Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists who are employed by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare have met the requirements to be credentialed by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Based upon the patient’s nutritional status, medical condition, illness/injury, the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist will work with the patient to individualize and optimize treatment to aid recovery.
Inpatient Patient Nutrition Education
Registered Dietitians and our Registered Dietetic Technician are available for inpatient nutrition education. Education should be ordered at least 48 to 72 hours prior to discharge to assure family members/caregivers can be present and participate.
Outpatient Nutrition Therapy
Patient and their medical team can seek nutrition therapy guidance after discharge from the hospital. Many insurance plans, including Medicare, cover Medical Nutrition Therapy. Check with the insurance company to find out if the benefit is covered. If the patient is covered, the MD can refer the patient for Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy. The MD’s office should call Outpatient Centralized Scheduling at 516-9000 to schedule an appointment.