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Nutrition FAQ

How is commonly ordered blood work affected by what I eat?

Laboratory tests based on blood and urine can be important indicators of nutritional status, but they are influenced by non-nutritional factors as well. Lab results can be altered by medicines, how much fluid you drink, and other issues, such as stress. As with the other areas of nutrition assessment, biochemical data need to be viewed as a part of the whole.

Typically, a physician will order a basic metabolic panel or complete metabolic panel, a complete blood count, and a lipid panel. The most commonly addressed lab work outside of any acute illnesses is: glucose, hemoglobin A1C, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and TSH level.

If you have blood work done, you may request a copy of the results from your provider or view via an online health management program that your physician’s office uses. It is your right to know your numbers. Ask your physician for an explanation of any lab that is out of the normal range.

I tried to order food through Memorial room service, but was told I can’t have what I want. Why not?

Memorial Medical Center Food and Nutrition Services offers room service dining from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. every day. When you place your meal order, the call center nutrition associate will help you make choices that fit your special diet as assigned by your physician. The person who takes your order on the phone cannot enter foods that are not allowed on your diet.

There are many different types of diets that patients need for specific issues. We want you to be safe and recover as quickly as possible. Eating the right foods for your body is an important part of good health, especially if you have a health issue that some foods may irritate.

A dietitian or your nurse will be happy to answer any questions you have about a diet restriction. We know that not getting what you want to eat may be frustrating. However, we can help you choose foods that are in your diet and taste good. Diet-specific handouts are also available.

How do I talk to a dietitian at Memorial?

If you are a patient in the hospital, ask your nurse or call the Food and Nutrition Services office at 217-788-3475.

If you are not in the hospital, you will need a referral from your physician to have an individual appointment with a registered dietitian or attend a group session.

For general advice about diet in relation to health and wellness, our LiveWell blog features several articles about diet and how food affects health.