Nutrition

A Healthy Diet Means a Healthy Heart

While a healthy diet will not cure heart disease, eating a proper and balanced diet can help to alleviate current symptoms and prevent future heart disease. For those patients who are simply in need of a lifestyle change in order to achieve their optimal heart health and a better quality of life, the Tampa Cardiology Associates have a licensed nutritionist on staff.

What Can a Nutritionist Do For You?

While there is a plethora of diets constantly being advertised on TV and radio, there are certain benefits that only a licensed nutritionist can offer:

Advice That is Personally Tailored to You
The advice that you receive will be personal and specific to you and only you. After listening to your favorite foods, allergies, health history, and exercise habits, our nutritionist will work along with you to help you set goals and priorities.

Weight Loss Programs That Work
Unlike so many advertised weight loss fads, our nutritionist can help you develop a weight loss plan that is not only effective, but also safe. Through guidance and motivation, a registered dietitian can help to develop a plan that not only works in the short-term, but can help you lose unwanted weight, and keep it off, in the long-term as well.

Management of Chronic Conditions
Certain conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer require diet changes, and knowing what to eat can, at times, be difficult. Our licensed nutritionist is here to help guide you and manage your condition, making sure that you are getting important nutrients and avoiding certain foods that could cause complications.

What Conditions are Helped Through a Healthy Diet?

While diet changes won’t affect all medical conditions, there are a few that see particularly large benefits from diet and lifestyle changes:

Diabetes
Diabetes is on the rise, but healthy diet choices can help to prevent and control diabetes, and in some cases, even reverse it. Many patients are still able to enjoy some of their favorite foods with proper guidance and education.

Dyslipidemia
This condition results when there are too many lipids present in the patient’s blood. This condition is usually treated through a combination of diet changes and a regular exercise regimen.

Renal Failure
A balanced diet helps prevent the overabundance of certain minerals in the blood, and also helps prevent the build-up of waste in the blood, which can lead to kidney disease.

If you are interested in speaking with a Tampa nutrition specialist about diet and lifestyle changes, please contact the Tampa Cardiovascular Associates and schedule an appointment today!

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