We found 3 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Life and Health Insurance Company near Modesto, CA.

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Dr. Jeremy Carl Mesches, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
830 Scenic Drive
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Mesches' specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mesches include general care. Dr. Mesches is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mesches welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Syed Nasim Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed is an adult cardiologist. He graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ahmed include heart problems. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Yvonne Jean Brouard, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1144 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Yvonne Brouard practices general pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She trained at San Francisco General Hospital for her residency. Dr. Brouard's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Brouard honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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What is Nutrition Counseling?

Food is one of the most basic resources our bodies use for growth and energy, tied intricately to our well-being. Not only can what we eat affect our health, but certain conditions can affect how well our bodies process food. Nutrition is the study of this complex interaction, and when patients seek the advice of an expert to help them manage food in their life, it is called nutrition counseling.

At the most basic level, nutrition counseling can be simply a talk with a family physician. Doctors receive training in nutrition as part of their education, and they are generally qualified to make recommendations about diet for their patients. Some doctors take a professional interest in nutrition and become experts by taking extra classes or studying nutrition in their practice. In general, however, complex nutrition guidance will be referred to a nutrition specialist, generally a dietitian.

Registered dietitians are nutrition experts that have passed specific higher education, accreditation, and internship requirements. They may work in hospitals, nursing facilities, or private practices to provide nutrition therapy and advise patients about their health and diet. Like dietitians, nutritionists also work to counsel patients about food and health. Some nutritionists have degrees in nutrition or food science, but the title ‘nutritionist’ is not protected by law. In the United States, anyone is allowed to call themselves a nutritionist, regardless of their education level.

Nutrition counseling can be useful for anyone who is looking to get to a healthy weight, manage a chronic illness through diet, or simply lead a healthier lifestyle. Some examples of issues that benefit from nutrition counseling include:
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Food allergies
  • Kidney disease
  • Digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Participation in competitive sports

During a nutrition counseling appointment, the provider -- doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian -- typically will look over your medical history and talk to you about your current diet, your goals, what kinds of food you like, and any problems that you are currently struggling with in your health or diet. Then the specialist will help you set food goals and create a customized plan to help you meet your nutritional needs. Nutrition specialists may also offer classes, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more. Their role is not to lecture you about what you should be eating, but to offer education and resources to make eating healthy foods easier.
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