Medical Nutrition Therapy
Registered dietitians from the Department of Clinical Nutrition provide patient services through the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center. Physicians generally refer patients, but patients may also refer themselves.
Dietary and lifestyle changes are important adjunct therapies in preventing and treating many conditions, including:
- Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia
- Gastrointestinal system diseases
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
AT UT Southwestern Medical Center, our registered dietitians assess patients' nutritional needs based on diagnoses, laboratory values, physical assessment, and dietary history. You may be asked to keep food records prior to your initial appointment, and these records may be analyzed using a computerized nutrient analysis program to determine dietary inadequacies or excesses.
Your registered dietitian will make specific recommendations for practical dietary changes you can incorporate into your lifestyle. The dietitian will also collaborate with you and your physician to implement the recommended dietary changes and monitor outcomes.