Medical Nutrition therapy can be the first line of treatment or prevention of chronic disease. Medical Nutrition Therapy, or MNT, is an evidence-based approach to treating certain chronic medical conditions through the use of individualized nutrition plans and lifestyle changes.The nutrition plan is ordered by a primary care physician and provided by a Registered Dietitian or RDN.
Medical nutrition therapy is covered by a variety of insurance plans. Under the Medicare Part B Program, you can receive nutrition services to help improve your health. Medicare Part B covers medical nutrition therapy for diabetes and kidney disease. You may be eligible for at least three hours of medical nutrition therapy services in the first year of care and two hours each additional year. If you have private insurance, check with your insurance plan for specific medical nutrition therapy coverage details. Your plan may cover nutrition counseling for a wide variety of chronic conditions and health concerns, such as heart disease, hypertension, and obesity.
Conditions Treated with Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Kidney Disease
- Weight Management
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol or High Triglycerides)
- Celiac Disease
- Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- and more…
Ask your doctor if a referral for medical nutrition therapy is right for you. With a physician's referral, you can make an appointment to see the RDN at Conway Regional's Wellness Education Department.