What Do You Ask ask a dietitian when you meet them for the first time?
There are several things to ask and ill give you five of them.
What insurance do you take?
This is important because most insurances will cover only certain aspects, all of it, or percentages of it, so it all depends on what insurance policy you have.
Have you ever worked with people with my condition before?
Of course, you don't necessarily want to work with someone that has never worked diets with diabetes, because they are not going to know a whole lot. You want to find someone that knows about your condition, like a Certified Diabetes Educator, so that they can truly help you.
How long have you been a dietitian?
This helps to show your experience.
What's the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?
Here's the rundown: I grew up in the era that a Dietitian is an accredited, licensed diet expert, thus Dietitian. I was always told that Nutritionists could be someone that just writes a book. For example, "How To Lose 10 Pounds In a Week" and that kind of person can call themselves a Nutritionist. This is perfectly legal, but they are not accredited in anything and they don't have certificates and schooling. That's the main difference between a Dietitian and Nutritionist. So if someone actually says they are a Nutritionist, check to see what letters are behind their name. Because if they don't have RDLD or RD in some states by itself, then they are not registered.
How often would I need to see you, how is this going to look from now until the short future, say like 6 months from now?
This answers questions related to how is this going on a scheduling and time basis. These are just a few things to think about when you're looking for a dietitian.
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As a Diabetes Educator and Nutritionist I help my patients cope with managing their diabetes - whether it's diet, nutrition, supplements, blood sugar, or pump therapy.
Please reach out and contact me if you need support, I truly understand. I live it every day.
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