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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advocates for expanded nutritional coverage under Medicare
Date:12/18/2011

besity and metabolic syndrome, and pre-diabetes; and diseases related to reduced nutrient intake or unintentional weight loss, for example related to cancer, celiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and HIV/AIDS.

In a podcast about the Academy's NCD request, Ms. Schofield notes, "What was very significant about the document is that whether you're talking about cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes, hypertension, cancer, or unintended weight loss, the evidence shows that medical nutrition therapy services result in positive dietary change, improved clinical status, and an improved quality of life. Also, they are cost effective and have been proven to save money." For example, four previously published studies demonstrate that MNT provided by registered dietitians (RDs) promotes changes in dietary intake of fat and saturated fat, and leads to improvements in serum lipid levels in adults with high LDL cholesterol. Four studies demonstrate that MNT provided by an RD significantly reduces dietary sodium and lowers blood pressure in older adults with hypertension. Seven studies demonstrate that MNT provided by an RD results in significantly improved outcomes in adults with cancer.

Medical nutrition therapy is provided by RDs, trained professionals who offer food and nutrition services while assisting patients in making healthy lifestyle changes. The evidence compiled by the Academy in its NCD request shows that involvement by RDs in beneficiary care has a substantial effect on both the health of the beneficiary, and is almost always more cost effective than other treatments. "The research demonstrates the value of the RD and our unique contributions on the healthcare team are critical. We're the trusted source of credible and useful nutritional information," says Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RD, CLE, Vice President, Policy Initiatives and Advocacy for the Academy.

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