Health Watch -- Women's Health: Nutrition Advice
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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about women's health issues. You may have a regular doctor and a gynecologist, but there's another health professional women should consider consulting: a registered dietitian.
Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says there are reasons for women to get professional nutrition advice. Women planning to become pregnant have special nutrition needs. Women who are overweight or who have body image problems or eating disorders may need help with meal planning. If you have stomach or digestive problems, a dietitian can help structure a diet to avoid these issues. If you've been diagnosed with high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure, diet may contribute to controlling these problems. You might also want nutritional help to improve performance for a specific goal, such as running a road race.
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