Even dietitians can use a little help from their fellow dietitians!
As dietitians, we try our best to keep up with the latest research to understand how nutrition can play a role in the treatment process of different diseases and illnesses. We participate in webinars, seminars, nutrition conventions, etc. to learn more about the importance of nutrition.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to participate in these types of educational events. Therefore, how else can a dietitian learn about new findings in the world of nutrition? The answer is simple: from another dietitian! Dietitians love to learn and enjoy speaking with and hearing from others in the field!
As much as everyone would like to think we are perfect, we are not. We are human, and just like you we are learning and growing each and every day. We stumble, but we practice what we preach and use the tools we boast about to you to seek whatever our goals are in our own lifestyle.
The perfect example has occurred in our very own office. Recently Olivia Caruso, Registered Dietitian and Owner of Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, came to Michele Wroblewski (me), Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, seeking nutrition information about the ketogenic diet.
The ketogenic diet involves a high fat, low carbohydrate, and restricted protein approach. It is a very calculated process where the individual must consume only a certain amount of grams from each food group. With the proper macronutrient counts, the body will then rely on ketone bodies, from fat, as the primary energy source.
To the general population, the ketogenic diet is known as another weight loss diet. However, studies have shown time and time again although people may see weight loss, it is because of calorie reduction, not necessarily from being in ketosis. A low fat diet vs. the ketogenic diet have been shown to have similar results in a patient’s weight loss success. However, the ketogenic diet creates much more restrictions, limitations, and the potential for elevated lab values.
Dietitians are familiar with the ketogenic diet, but as part of the nutrition intervention plan for a person suffering from seizures. The ketogenic diet was not created with the intention of weight loss, but to help manage a medical disease, epilepsy.
There is new research being done on the effect of the ketogenic diet and it’s relation to brain cancer. Tumor cells use glucose as their main energy source to be able to create new cancer cells and grow. However, researchers are testing to see if ketones decrease the rate of a tumor growth because it is a more difficult source of energy for the tumor. The research is currently in progress and has not published any findings thus far, but hopefully the results indicate a new possible treatment for brain cancer patients.
Dietitians have a desire to help others, including their fellow dietitians. We enjoy providing education and guidance knowing it could potentially help others achieve a healthy lifestyle and reach optimal health.
Here was a little snap shot into the reality that we all need accountability, no matter who we are! Let’s stand together to create a healthy lifestyle.
Need more tricks and tips? Call us and come see the nutrition expert!
Michele Wroblewski, RDN
Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC
1278 Yardville Allentown Rd. Suite 3
Allentown, NJ 08501