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We found 4 providers with an interest in nutrition counseling and who accept United Healthcare Compass near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Kevin Edward Elder, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
1919 W Swann Avenue; Floor 3
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Elder works as a family medicine physician and sports medicine specialist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Elder's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, nutrition counseling, and joint injections. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Elder is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Bayfront Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Olayinka Abiodun Bankole, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
2901 W. Saint Isabel Street; Suite D
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Olayinka Bankole's area of specialization is bariatric medicine. Dr. Bankole has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, lung surgery, and nutrition counseling. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Bankole speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Lung Surgery, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Alan Marc Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4108 Henderson Boulevard; Office of Alan Weintraub Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alan Weintraub is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Weintraub's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Weintraub attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Hemorrhoids, Weight Management, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Dr. Manuel C Sainz De La Pena, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Manuel Sainz De La Pena specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Sainz De La Pena is especially interested in diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sainz De La Pena is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Nutrition Counseling, Endocrine Diseases

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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.