Nutrition

Edward Carrington, MD -  - Primary Care

Edward Carrington, MD

Primary Care located in Mesa, AZ

Proper nutrition is more important than you might think for your health, as about 72% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. If you struggle to eat right and maintain a healthy weight, Edward A. Carrington, MD, can help. At Dr. Carrington's office, you can get nutrition counseling to help you meet your daily nutritional needs and lower your risk of obesity-related chronic diseases. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Nutrition Q & A

What is nutrition counseling?

During nutrition counseling, Dr. Carrington goes over your medical history and your usual dietary intake to determine if you’re at risk of obesity-related chronic diseases. They create meal plans for you based on individualized calorie and nutritional needs.

Why is healthy weight management important?

By maintaining a healthy weight and eating right, you’ll reap numerous health and wellness benefits, such as:

  • A lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer
  • More energy
  • Better self-esteem
  • Improved sleep
  • A lower risk of depression

Being overweight and obesity are linked with numerous chronic diseases classified as leading causes of death in the United States, which is why healthy weight management is crucial.

What are the symptoms of poor nutrition?

Even if you’re at a healthy weight, unhealthy dietary habits can cause the following unpleasant symptoms associated with poor nutrition:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss or dry, brittle hair
  • Dry skin and nails
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Frequent illnesses or infections
  • Slow wound healing
  • Irritability or difficulty concentrating
  • Dental problems
  • Delayed growth and development in children

Poor nutrition takes a toll on your physical and mental health, but making a few simple dietary changes can help.

How can nutrition counseling help?

Nutrition counseling with Dr. Carrington helps you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, allows you to look and feel your best, and reduces chronic disease risks. Having medical supervision is a safe and effective weight loss strategy. To get started, try the following tips:

  • Fill half of each plate with fruits and vegetables
  • Fill one-fourth of each plate with nutritious protein foods, such as grilled chicken, fish, seafood, eggs, or plant proteins
  • Fill one-fourth of each plate with fiber-rich starches, such as whole grains, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, lentils, dry beans, or other legumes
  • Eat dairy foods or calcium-rich plant milks 2-3 times a day
  • Consume healthy fats like plant oils, avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, and nut butters
  • Take dietary supplements as needed to meet vitamin and mineral requirements
  • Eat fatty fish or take omega-3 supplements
  • Consume foods rich in probiotics or take probiotic supplements
  • Use meal replacement shakes if your doctor recommends it

Begin by making a few simple dietary changes. Your doctor creates custom meal plans, which might include dietary supplements, that best match your needs. Call Dr. Carrington’s office to learn more or book an appointment online today.