Diseases and Conditions

Diseases and Conditions

If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a difference. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health.

Gluten-Free Diet for Celiac Disease-Related Conditions

In addition to suffering from gastrointestinal problems typically associated with celiac disease some people with celiac disease may experience other diseases and chronic conditions as well.

The only treatment for celiac disease is to eat a gluten-free diet. See tips on reading food labels, grocery shopping, eating away from home, avoiding cross-contamination and other resources for a gluten-free lifestyle.

Understanding Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a condition that affects how your body uses energy in the form of glucose from food. Diabetes cannot be cured but it can be successfully treated.

Whether you have been diagnosed with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, to successfully manage the disease you need to understand how foods and nutrition affect your body.

Eating Disorders: Problem also Affects Boys and Men

Eating disorders are not just a problem for girls and women. However, the biggest difference between men and women with eating disorders is that women are more likely to seek treatment.

Eating disorders are serious illnesses. Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder. Learn more about types of eating disorders, signs and symptoms, risks and ways an RD can help.

How an RDN Can Help with Kidney Disease

It's World Kidney Day. Find out how a registered dietitan nutritionist can teach kidney disease patients how to eat the proper nutrients to help prevent progression of the disease.

If you are diagnosed with kidney disease, what you eat can ease the workload of your kidneys. You'll need a meal plan that meets your individual needs and keeps nutrients in check.

Latest Articles

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    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

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    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Yes, you can be physically active with diabetes. In fact, it is recommended. Physical activity alone, even without weight loss, can improve your diabetes. Read More

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    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Research shows that medical nutrition therapy has its greatest impact when first diagnosed with diabetes. MNT includes a nutrition diagnosis as well as therapeutic and counseling services to help manage diabetes. Read More

  • Cancer

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    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

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  • Diabetes

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    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

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    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid by making sure you are covered for RDN services you need. Read More

  • Preventing Illness

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    Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDE, CPT, CHWC

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  • Cancer

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    Wendy Marcason, RDN

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  • Eating Disorders

    Orthorexia: An Obsession with Eating Pure

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Orthorexia, an unhealthy fixation on eating only healthy or "pure" foods, has been gaining steam in recent years, fed partly by the profusion of foods marketed as healthy and organic. Read More

  • Celiac Disease

    Celiac Disease: An Introduction

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    In the U.S., approximately 1 in 141 individuals is diagnosed with celiac disease, which damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for health. Read More

  • Diabetes

    Eating Right with Diabetes

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    Managing diabetes means maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Along with proper medication and physical activity, it also requires balancing the foods you eat. Read More

  • Eating Disorders

    Understanding Eating Disorders

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    According to the American Psychiatric Association, millions of Americans suffer from an eating disorder and anyone can be affected. Read More

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    Suzanne Dixon

    Through a combination of the right medical management and the best that nutrition has to offer, you can give your body the fuel it needs to heal and recover. Read More

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    Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD

    It's American Diabetes Association Alert Day. If you are at risk for diabetes, making exercise a part of your lifestyle will improve your diabetes and reduce complications. Read More

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    Marci Anderson, MS, RD, LDN

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  • HIV AIDs

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    Christy Wilson, RD

    With proper medical care, maintaining a healthy body weight and eating a variety of nutritious foods, people living with HIV/AIDS can likely delay progression of the disease and expect to live a long, healthy life. Read More

  • Diabetes

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    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    There is no one diet for all people with diabetes, but there is a "recipe" for eating healthfully that is similar to recommendations for heart health, cancer prevention and weight management. Read More

  • Diabetes

    Take Action Now: Prevent Diabetes

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  • Celiac Disease

    Understanding Celiac Disease

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    People with celiac disease cannot eat foods containing gluten. In people with celiac disease, the body's immune system responds to gluten by damaging the lining of the small intestine. Read More

  • Cancer

    Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn how to reduce your risk through eating right and engaging in physical activity. Read More

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    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    We know that some foods have the capacity to suppress inflammation, but it's unclear how often and how much is needed for this benefit. Read More

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