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Outpatient Dietitian Services in Lompoc

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s outpatient nutrition counseling service offers individual counseling sessions designed to meet your specific dietary needs. Meet your weight goals, develop a healthy relationship with food, and improve your overall health by asking your Primary Care Physician for a referral to see one of our Registered Dietitians.

To learn more about our outpatient dietitian services in Lompoc and how you may benefit, contact us today at (805) 737-3300.

Why Would a Patient Need to See a Dietitian?

At Lompoc Valley Medical Center, there are several different types of nutritional counseling we provide for our patients. All dietary and nutritional treatment plans are designed around your unique needs. Depending upon your health goals, medical history, and any underlying conditions you may have, your Registered Dietitian may recommend one or more of the following:

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical nutrition therapy is a service that provides nutritional counseling and support for patients living with medical concerns that could be improved through dietary changes. Conditions that can be helped through medical nutritional therapy include diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. As stated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, treatments provided by medical nutrition therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Lifestyle assessment to review physical activity and eating habits
  • Overview of current nutritional status
  • Individualized nutritional plan to help you meet your health goals

Nutrition Interventions

Sometimes nutrition interventions can be prescribed in tandem with other treatments for specific medical conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, IBS/IBD, etc. This may include a specific diet plan, patient education, supplemental nutrition aid, and more.

Weight Management

Nutrition and weight management can go hand-in-hand. When your body is a healthy weight, you feel healthier overall. Your Registered Dietitian can advise you on safe and natural weight loss or weight-gaining practices as needed for your specific health goals.

Diabetes Management and Prevention

Diet and nutrition are extremely important if you are living with diabetes. A Registered Dietitian can help you manage your diabetes, so your symptoms don’t worsen. Conversely, if you are at risk of developing diabetes, a dietitian can prescribe preventative treatment measures to decrease your risk of developing the disease.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Education

Did you know some foods act as natural anti-inflammatory agents? If you are living with a condition that causes inflammation, your dietitian can educate you on what foods to eat (and which ones to avoid) to provide anti-inflammatory support.

Nutrition Support

Nutrition support typically entails supplemental nutrition treatments, such as enteral and parenteral nutrition therapies. Such therapies are typically administered to patients who need additional nutrients that are not covered (or cannot be administered due to health restrictions) by traditional oral nutrients.

Pregnancy and Post-Partum Nutrition

With the whirlwind that comes with preparing for your baby, going through labor, and adjusting to life with a newborn, it can be difficult to find time to focus on your nutrition.Studies published by the National Institutes of Health have found intensive nutrition programs to be of the utmost importance during and after pregnancy. Your Registered Dietitian can advise you on best nutritional practices for feeling energetic and healthy, both before and after your baby arrives.

Oncology Nutrition

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, diet and nutrition can also play a large role in your treatment plan. As stated by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, you may experience certain side effects that can make eating difficult while receiving chemo, radiation, or other cancer therapies. Your Registered Dietitian will work with your oncologist and the rest of your cancer care team to review your medical history and advise you on the best nutritional options for your needs while you undergo treatment.

Consult with Our Lompoc Registered Dietitians Today

If you believe you could benefit from any of our outpatient dietitian services, consult with a Registered Dietitian. Contact your primary care physician at Lompoc Valley Medical Center for a referral to our nutritional counseling program, or call (805) 737-3300 to learn more.