Jennifer Mejias is the newest member of the Mancenters team committed to providing optimum overall healthcare to our patients. Her emphasis is to partner with the clinical providers to provide natural options for better health.
She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics at University of Texas at Austin and went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition.
Her goal is to enhance the clinical provider’s medical treatment by combining it with specific dietary counseling and lifestyle changes to promote overall health and potentially reduce the need for medication.
The Dietary practice will primarily focus on the following
Low Testosterone and Vitamin D deficiency.
Kidney Stone Prevention.
DIETITIAN VERSUS NUTRITIONIST
What is the difference?
Every Registered Dietitian is a Nutritionist but not every Nutritionist is a Registered Dietitian. A Nutritionist can be anyone who has studied and finds interest in nutrition. A Dietitian is a nutritionist that has become an expert in areas of food and nutrition as it relates to health, sports and weight management, diseases and disorders, and medicine. A Dietitian has completed an undergraduate and graduate program in nutrition and dietetics, was selected and matched to a competitive clinical internship program, and passed a national board exam administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietitians must remain up to date on continuing education and is certified for areas of specialization.
When would I be referred to a Dietitian?
A physician referral to a registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is recommended for personalized nutrition counseling for management of dyslipidemia and related cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, overweight/obesity, prediabetes, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Studies have shown that multiple encounters with your dietitian to provide a personalized nutrition program on a regular basis demonstrated clinically significant improvement in blood sugar control, various lab markers of cardiovascular and hypertensive risks (like triglycerides, HDL, LDL), weight and % body fat, A1C, and other metabolic outcomes such as lowered blood pressure, increased testosterone levels, and enhanced libido and fertility. In a 12 week prospective cohort study in 2012, visiting a dietitian resulted in 43% of subjects were no longer at risk for metabolic syndrome, 91% had improved eating habits, and 84% had improved exercise habits.
Are a Registered Dietitian and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist the same?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is the same thing. The option of adding “nutritionist” was established in 2010 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Committee to further enhance the RD brand and more accurately reflect to consumers who registered dietitians are and what they do. Inclusion of the word "nutritionist" in the credential communicates a broader concept of wellness (including prevention of health conditions beyond medical nutrition therapy) as well as treatment of conditions. This will differentiate and highlight all the rigorous credential requirements (Eatright.org).
Where do I get my labs done?
While there may be more than one Laboratory Service Provider available, ManCenters recommends LabCorp/Quest.