“People often are not aware that many health insurance plans now cover visits to a Registered Dietitian, sometimes without a doctor’s referral,” says Salge Blake,” so check with your insurance company.” In 2002, Medicare began reimbursing for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provided by an RD for people with diabetes and kidney disease, and private insurers increasingly are covering visits to Registered Dietitians for treatment of obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, and more.
Insurance coverage is only one of the benefits of choosing a Registered Dietitian over someone calling her- or himself a “nutritionist,” who could be anyone from a personal trainer to a health food store employee, who may or may not have any nutrition science training. “‘Nutritionists’ may have little or no qualifications for dispensing nutrition advice,” Salge Blake says. “Only an RD has the education and the experience to give you the latest personalized information based on solid scientific evidence.”
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