NRMC Dietician Receives Keto Certification

3/25/2020

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to announce that nutritionist Karen McNair has recently been credentialed as a Certified Ketogenic Nutrition SpecialistSM.  This special recognition was awarded by the American Nutrition Association’s Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.  It recognizes that McNair has met all the requirements necessary to provide counsel and instruction based on the principles of a Ketogenic-based approach to nutrition.

McNair currently serves residents at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada, as well as patients at NRMC.  She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition.

One of the hallmarks of the Ketogenic approach to nutrition is lowering the intake of carbohydrates and increasing the amount of fat in the diet.  Counterintuitive as it might seem, increasing the intake of fat while lowering the consumption of carbohydrates has been shown to be an effective way to increase overall health.  McNair says, “Though many people initially adopt a Keto diet as a way to lose weight, they soon find that the approach is more of an avenue to overall health than just quick weight loss.”

The goal is to force the body to stop relying so much on the quick energy generated by glucose and get it to burn fat as its primary source of fuel.  To do this, carbohydrates have to be reduced.  McNair noted that left to its own, the human body will just naturally burn the most readily available form of food:  namely sugars.  By limiting carbohydrates, a person forces their body to rely more on fats than sugars for its energy production.  A natural result of this process is the reduction of fat throughout the body – and hence weight loss.

McNair explained the fundamentals of the Keto Diet.  “Basically, the formula is very low carbs, accompanied by a moderate consumption of proteins and a high intake of fats.”  This formula shows promise in lowering weight, reversing diabetes, improving overall brain health and reducing inflammation throughout the body.  McNair adds, “Inflammation anywhere in the body is an indication that things are out of balance.  It’s never a good sign.” 

For her purposes, McNair plans to use the Ketogenic diet to help patients reverse diabetes.  She explains, “I’ve spent my whole life helping people live with diabetes.  Now I’m excited to help people live without it.”  She also noted that the Ketogenic diet has been shown to improve cognitive function among those approaching their senior years. 

Asked about the difficulty of staying on a Ketogenic diet when the whole world seems obsessed with carbohydrates, McNair remarked, “Yes – it’s certainly a challenge.  But it’s a challenge well worth the effort.  There’s always a learning curve involved with any new approach to eating.  But with time, that lifestyle change usually becomes easier to manage.”  

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

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