Whether you’re trying to lose weight; manage cholesterol, blood pressure or other nutrition-relatedconcerns; or prevent chronic diseases like heart disease or type 2 diabetes, a University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can provide you with a personalized nutrition plan for your health concerns and fitness goals. Working with an RDN ensures that you are receiving guidance that is safe, effective and appropriate for your needs.
The U-M CVC Registered Dietitian Nutrition team (from left): Kathy Rhodes, PhD, RDN; Joyce Patterson, MPH, RDN; Martha Weintraub, ACSW, MPH, RDN; and Sarah Meyers, RDN. Not pictured: Susan Ryskamp, MS, RDN.
Here are four reasons to make an RDN your health partner:
1. Get accurate nutrition-related information.
With all the conflicting nutrition information presented in the media, on the Internet and on food labels, it can be difficult to know what nutrition approaches are right for you. In today’s world of digital information and technology, patients and consumers have an abundance of information — and misinformation — at their fingertips. RDNs are trained in sifting through the claims to make recommendations based on the best available evidence and what’s right for you. Continue reading →
A stroke at age 37 is rare for most any one, but as an active adult who had adventures like scuba diving and skydiving, it just didn’t make sense to me. I knew my body.
The day it happened, I woke up with a headache. After going for a 3 mile run later that day I noticed my pupils were unequal. I should have gone to the hospital right away but I didn’t. I just didn’t think I could have a stroke. But I did.
It would take a year before my doctors could explain why I had a stroke so young: fibromuscular dysplasia. The diagnosis would inspire me to start a movement around a rare vascular disease that affects women in the prime of their lives.
The two most common symptoms of fibromuscular dysplasia are headaches and high blood pressure. Think about how many people are walking around with those symptoms that could have FMD but they are treated as every day symptoms that millions of Americans have.
It’s why FMD has been called the rare disease that isn’t. FMD has always been considered a rare disease, and is still classified as a rare disease. But because it manifests so differently it’s likely underdiagnosed. Some research suggests as many 5 million Americans have FMD. Continue reading →
Making sense of complicated medical diagnoses and treatments can be overwhelming for most people. Imagine how much more so for those who are hearing impaired, do not speak English or only have limited comprehension skills. Without access to language services, this could be downright dangerous and in fact there have been cases where patients have been harmed as a result.
According to the 2011 U.S. Census, English still remains the primary language in the Unites States but Spanish and Chinese are gaining ground. Health care providers and hospitals have a professional obligation to make sure that patients comprehend their care and treatment options.
Now to digress for a brief history lesson…
Access to language services is a legal right that was established in 1964 by Title VI the Civil Rights Act. Title VI applies to all health care institutions that accept government funding sources such as Medicare, Medicaid, National Institutes of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a condition of Continue reading →
For many, this time of year means spring travel is on the agenda. Those with varicose veins — both men and women — should know that they are at a slightly higher risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) during a long flight or ride.
Even if you don’t have varicose veins, do you know the risks of DVT during travel? Here are tips for anyone flying or traveling for long periods of time (4 or more hours):
Our darling daughter, Lilliann June, was nine days past her due date when she was born on September 25, 2013. It was a long labor — 48 hours — but well worth the wait. While we were in the hospital, Ryan noticed that her left eye was red. The pediatrician wasn’t alarmed, but had the hospital’s ophthalmologist take a look. He mentioned that she may have an issue with cataracts and glaucoma. We’d only heard those words used for older people, so we didn’t pay too much attention, until we were referred to another ophthalmologist for further examination.
March is National Nutrition Month, so what better time to take stock of what you’re eating — and not eating. Finding out the nutritional value and calories of your favorites foods, along with healthier alternatives and delicious, healthy recipes, has never been easier. These smartphone nutrition apps are designed to help you make healthy food choices, which leads to improved heart health.
Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Features: Gives nutritional content of thousands of foods, allows entry of weight and exercise regimens. Features a food diary, weight chart, and barcode scanner for nutrition labels. (Doesn’t do the math for you or create charts or spreadsheets.)