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What is a nutritional baseline?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics
A nutritional baseline is the amount of nutrition someone needs on an average day to meet minimum nutrient needs. Someone’s nutritional baseline changes over his or her lifetime. Different forms of activity, fitness level, and illness or medical conditions all affect someone nutritional baseline. For example, someone who runs marathons will have very different protein nutritional baseline than someone who is a casual exerciser, and an adult with type 2 diabetes has a very different nutritional baseline of carbohydrates than an adult free of disease.
Amy Jamieson-Petonic
Nutrition & Dietetics
A nutritional baseline is a starting point for your healthcare provider with regard to your medical status or medical plan of care. For example, items that may be included in a nutritional baseline include height, weight, Body Mass index (your height to weight ratio) as well as blood work and a typical daily nutrition intake. This information will be very helpful to anyone that is part of your medical care process.

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