In this podcast Nilima Desai, RD, MPH provides clarity on Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and its function in managing optimal health outcomes, as well as the history of MNT. Medical Nutrition Therapy is defined as “nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling services for the purpose of disease management, which are furnished by a registered dietitian (RD) or nutrition professional.” MNT has changed substantially since Hippocrates first emphasized the importance of diet to human health in the fifth century B.C.  Approaches to MNT in various chronic conditions continue to vary greatly, but the goal of restoring health is universally shared.  The field of nutrition has undergone many transformations over the years and continues to change as new research emerges.

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Nilima Desai, RD is a Registered Dietitian who received her undergraduate degree from California State University Long Beach in Nutrition and Dietetics.  She received her Masters in Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University.  She serves on the board of the Renal Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the Membership Chair.  Nilima has over 14 years of experience providing medical nutrition therapy in diabetes, renal disease, weight management, and vegetarian nutrition.  Her passion about living and teaching a healthy lifestyle led her to collaborate with a nephrologist on creating the Pocket Dietitian app which offers the user personalized, easy to use dietary prescription on conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, renal disease and weight management.

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Nilima Desai, RD, MPH

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