Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), is a method of treating chronic ailments or reducing risk of chronic disease by adjusting a patient’s diet. The process involves an initial assessment of a patient’s current dietary habits. A registered dietitian then designs a nutrition program specific to the patient’s needs using “evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.” The dietitian and physician will then track the patient’s progress over time.
Medical Nutrition Therapy has been used to treat cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, immunodeficiency, renal disease, and many other ailments. However, at this time services like Medicare will only cover MNT for a few specific ailments. Experts continue to work to present research on the success of MNT in hopes of expanding coverage guidelines.
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Learn more from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medicare and Medical Nutrition Therapy
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