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Chronic Disease Specialist

Essential Nutrition -  - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Essential Nutrition

Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, Emotional Eating & Eating Disorder Specialists located at Foothills and Arapahoe in Boulder and Federal Heights in Denver, CO.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 60% of all adults have at least one chronic disease, and 40% have two or more chronic health conditions. Lisa Lanzano, MS, RDN, and the team of registered dietitian nutritionists at Essential Nutrition in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, have extensive experience developing eating plans that can help prevent chronic disease and support your ongoing health after you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition. To learn more about nutritional support for chronic disease, call one of the offices or schedule an appointment online.

Chronic Disease Q & A

What are some common chronic diseases?


Some chronic health conditions that can be treated with nutrition therapy include:

  • Gout
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Chronic dry eye disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Most autoimmune diseases


With only a few exceptions, such as gout and hemochromatosis, most of these conditions are preventable. Once you develop a chronic disease, there’s no cure, but you can manage the disease, alleviate symptoms, and slow down the disease progression with lifestyle changes.

What is the connection between nutrition and chronic disease?

Most chronic diseases develop due to four factors:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Lack of exercise
  • Tobacco use
  • Excessive alcohol use

The foods you eat and the nutrition they provide can support or sabotage your health. Your diet has the exceptional ability to prevent chronic diseases. But a long history of poor eating has a cumulative effect that leads to health problems.

After you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition, dietary changes are the first line of treatment. Lifestyle changes can often reverse problems like insulin resistance or early-stage hypertension, effectively preventing full-blown diabetes or high blood pressure.

What nutrition services are available for chronic diseases?

The dietitians at Essential Nutrition work closely with each patient who wants to prevent or manage a chronic disease. Their goal is to help you develop healthy eating habits that you can sustain throughout your lifespan, while also promoting a positive relationship with food.

The standard nutritional advice for chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, is often too restrictive. 

Food restrictions can undermine your relationship with food and lead to more problems, creating food fears, new emotional challenges, and instill dietary restrictions rather than freedoms. For some, this leads to unhealthy relationships with food or potential nutritional imbalances. 

The team at Essential Nutrition understands the dynamics. They offer sound, personalized advice, developing a plan that lets you manage your chronic disease while also recognizing the influence of emotions on your food choices and eating behaviors.

They focus on intuitive eating, teaching a body-centered approach that lets you eat naturally. In addition to creating an intuitive eating plan, your dietitian may recommend one or more types of advanced testing that allows them to customize your program, such as:

  • Micronutrient testing
  • Cellular health testing
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Body composition testing
  • Resting metabolic rate testing with MedGem®
  • Food sensitivity testing

If you’re at risk for a chronic disease or you need nutritional support to treat an existing condition, call Essential Nutrition or book an appointment online.