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 a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their symptoms by the use of a specific diet created by a physician, dietician or nutritionist. People with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving nutrition therapy. Conditions that can benefit 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 Nutrition Education
Registered Dietitians and our Registered Dietetic Technician are available for nutrition education while patients are still in the hospital. 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
We can also provide nutrition therapy after discharge from the hospital, and many insurance plans, including Medicare, cover this service. Check with your insurance company to find out if the benefit is covered. Physicians can refer patients by calling 901.516.9000 to schedule an appointment.