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Professional Diet for Heart Disease, Diabetes & More

Managing Chronic Diseases With Nutrition

If you're currently living with a chronic illness or disease such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or any other number of conditions, you know that managing your condition can be a full-time job. In addition to any medications or treatments you may be receiving, paying close attention to your diet is crucial to keeping your symptoms under control and maintaining your overall health.

Fortunately, there's no need to go it alone. At Eat Well, our team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can work with you to develop a tailored plan for managing your chronic illness through diet. By working with a professional, you can be sure that you're getting the most accurate and up-to-date information on what to eat (and what to avoid) to reduce flare-ups, stay in shape, or accomplish whatever you need to stay healthy.

Making small changes in your diet can have a big impact on your chronic illness and your overall quality of life. Whether you need a diet to reduce pain and inflammation, tips on healthy eating for autoimmune diseases, help developing a diet for type 2 diabetes, or any other nutritional needs related to your illness, we can help. If you're ready to start feeling better, contact the team at Eat Well today.

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Licensed Nutritionist for Arthritis, GI Disorders & More

Nutrition Guidance for Managing Your Chronic Illness

There are a number of chronic illnesses that can specifically impact what a healthy diet means for you. Some of these illnesses are physical, while others have mental ramifications on the way you eat. At Eat Well, we have extensive experience working with clients who have all types of chronic illnesses, and we're here to help you make the best choices for your health.

Some of the most common chronic illnesses we help people manage include:

  • Hypertension:A condition marked by high blood pressure, hypertension can damage your heart, kidneys, and other organs if left uncontrolled. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in sodium, saturated fats, and processed foods can help you keep your blood pressure under control.

  • Prediabetes & Type 2 Diabetes:Diabetes is a condition in which your body can't properly process blood sugar (glucose). Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, is often caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. If you have diabetes, eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and limits processed foods, saturated fats, and added sugars can help you keep your blood sugar levels in check.

  • Heart Disease:Heart disease is a general term for a number of conditions that can damage your heart, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias. If you have heart disease, eating a diet low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help reduce your risk of complications.

  • High Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood. While some cholesterol is necessary for good health, too much can increase your risk of heart disease. Eating a diet low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help reduce your cholesterol levels.

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders:Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can cause a variety of symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Many GI disorders are caused by inflammation, so eating a diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and limits inflammatory foods like saturated fats, processed meats, and refined carbohydrates can help reduce symptoms.

  • Arthritis: Arthritis is a general term for a number of conditions that cause joint pain and inflammation. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet rich in foods like fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce symptoms of arthritis.

  • Eating Disorders (post-recovery maintenance): Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can cause a variety of physical and psychological problems. If you're in recovery from an eating disorder, working with a registered dietitian or licensed nutritionist can help you maintain a healthy weight, develop a healthy relationship with food, and prevent relapse.

No matter what chronic illness you're dealing with, the nutritionists at Eat Well can help you develop a healthy eating plan that meets your individual needs. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Why is it important for me to receive guidance from a registered dietitian when managing my chronic illness?

There are a lot of fad diets and quick-fix solutions out there when it comes to chronic illness, but the truth is that every person's situation is unique. What works for one person might not work for another, so it's important to get individualized guidance from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has been medically trained to understand the science of nutrition and its role in chronic illness.

At Eat Well, we take the time to get to know you and your individual needs so we can create a personalized nutrition plan that will help you manage your chronic illness and improve your overall health. We'll work with you to determine which foods are best for your condition, how much you should be eating, and how to make healthy changes that will last a lifetime.

Will a healthy eating plan for my chronic illness limit me from eating the foods I love?

While there are certain foods that may need to be limited in your diet, we believe that food should be enjoyable. We will work with you to create a plan that includes all of your favorite foods in moderation so you can still enjoy the meals you love.

Do you accept insurance for chronic disease management?

Yes! At Eat Well, we want professional nutritional guidance from registered dietitians to be accessible to everyone. That’s why we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the states we serve, including PA, NY, WV, VA, and OH. Please visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

How can I get started with the best nutritionist near me?

Eat Well makes it simple to get started on the road to a healthier you. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a time for your first consultation, and we’ll reach out as soon as possible to get you scheduled. We can’t wait to meet you.