What is a Registered Dietitian?
A registered dietitian is the health care provider with the most extensive experience necessary to provide nutrition services for both disease prevention and treatment.
Registered Dietitians (RD's) are health professionals specializing in food and nutrition. In order to earn the nationally-recognized credential of RD, a candidate must complete a Bachelors Degree in Food and Nutrition and/or Masters Degree in Nutrition or American Dietetic internship. RD status also requires successfully passing the National Registration Exam and accumulating a sufficient number of on-going Continuing Education credits annually. A RD is sometimes referred to as a nutritionist, however, a nutritionist who has not achieved RD status may not advertise herself or practice as a Registered Dietitian. Also, in Texas, Registered Dietitians are licensed (LD) to prevent misuse of the term nutritionist.
RD's and LD's are the only health professionals permitted to counsel patients on medically-necessary dietary intervention.
Who can benefit from Nutrition Counseling?
People of all ages can benefit from improving their eating and exercise habits. Nutrition counseling can be the most effective way to take control of your health. By making changes in your lifestyle, you can gain the following benefits:
Improve blood glucose levels
Lower cholesterol levels
Achieve a healthy weight
Reduce intestinal discomfort
Lower blood pressure levels
Improve your general well-being
Lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis
What is a Certified Diabetes Educator ?
Not all Diabetes Educator are Certified!
A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) earns the designation by successfully completing the National Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. Candidates (RD, RN OR PA) must meet rigorous credentials requirements and a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice experience in the field of diabetes to be eligible to take the examination. Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to patients that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality care for patients with diabetes.