Is there a specialist that can help me with my diet?

Nadine Pazder
Nutrition & Dietetics
A Registered Dietitian is the expert to help you with your diet. Before you make an appointment with anyone for nutrition guidance make sure he/she is an RD. You can check on RD status through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert that is trained to help you with your diet. The RD provides individualized nutrition assessment including estimated energy and nutrient needs, medical nutrition therapy, meal planning, food-drug interaction education and much more. RDs specialize in many areas including weight management, and chronic disease states.

Bethany Thayer
Nutrition & Dietetics
Absolutely! A registered dietitian (look for the "RD" credentials) should be a part of your healthcare team. Registered dietitians are the nutrition experts with the education, training and expertise to provide you with not only the information you need but can also provide you with practical ways to incorporate that information in to your life. And while you may see people calling themselves "nutritionists," remember that in many states this term can be used by anyone, regardless of their educational background or training. Visit to find an RD with the specialty you need near you.
Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
When it comes to diet, you deserve customized advice that fits your individual health needs, lifestyle, and personal food preferences. A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has completed nationally accredited training in the field of nutrition. To locate a dietitian near you or to simply enjoy a daily diet tip, visit  
To learn the basics, and become a pro at planning healthy meals for yourself or family members, ask your health care provider for a referral to a registered dietitian who also specializes in diabetes – this person is called a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

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