CD: Medical Nutrition Therapy 2009
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CD: Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) provided by a registered dietitian is strongly recommended for individuals with celiac disease. Consultation with a registered dietitian as part of a team-based approach results in improved self-management.
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Conditions of Application
Potential Costs Associated with Application
Although costs of MNT sessions and reimbursement vary, MNT sessions are essential for improved outcomes.
The National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement identified six elements required for the management of celiac disease:
- Consultation with a skilled dietitian
- Education about the disease
- Lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet
- Identification and treatment of nutritional deficiencies
- Access to an advocacy group
- Continuous long-term follow-up by a multi-disciplinary team.
Recommendation Strength Rationale
The ADA Celiac Disease Work Group concurs with the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement.
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References not graded in Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Process
National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Celiac Disease. Consensus Development Conference Statement, June 28-30, 2004. Available at http://consensus.nih.gov/2004/2004CeliacDisease118html.htm.