The dietitian works in collaboration with the physician, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, diabetes nurse educator, and patient as part of the diabetes management team. The role of the dietitian is to assess the patient's present nutritional status, body weight, food intake, and exercise level, along with the patient's readiness and ability to make behavior changes related to his or her present food choices and exercise habits. An individualized assessment by a registered dietitian with training and expertise in diabetes self-management is the basis for the development and implementation of individualized nutrition treatment goals and meal plans.
After the initial assessment, the dietitian works closely with the patient and the other members of the diabetes management team to establish and prioritize goals, and then to develop strategies to achieve those goals. As an effective coun
selor, the registered dietitian must include the patient in the process of developing nutrition goals and the individualized meal plan. It is important for the dietitian to provide close patient follow-up and to help motivate the behavior changes needed to optimize the patient's glycemic control (3).
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.