dana portrait


“Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Degenerative Disease IS POSSIBLE.”
Dana West, RDN, LD


Dana holds a bachelors in Dietetics with emphasis in human nutrition, physiology, nutrition, and fitness education. She is registered with the Commission of Dietetic Registration and is licensed in Arkansas. Dana has a passion for helping people embrace health and conquer disease and is She is the creator of the Start a New YOU! program.


Has your doctor just tell you that you have pre-diabetes or diabetes?


Are you struggling to get your blood sugars down?


Are you wondering where to begin?


Dana West RD


The Bad News:


Diabetes is a debilitating and expensive disease affecting 30 million, or one in ten American adults and children. As a leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes kills more Americans per year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Complication of this disease are severe and include heart-attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and dialysis, nephropathy such as loss of sensation in lower limbs, wounds that won’t heal, amputations, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides levels, and hearing loss. With an average medical expenditure of $7,900 per person per year for treatment of diabetes alone, the annual cost of diabetes has reached $245 billion dollars; one in five healthcare dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications. One in three Americans have pre-diabetes and 70% of those will develop diabetes within ten years. The incidence of diabetes is expected to increase to one in five Americans by 2030, and to one in three Americans by 2050.


The Good News:


Most patients are unaware that 90% of Type 2 diabetes is preventable and even reversible with lifestyle modifications, including proper diet, exercise, sleep.


While most physicians are aware of this fact, lifestyle modification counseling is time consuming, and without proper “how-to” follow up it is difficult to know how to begin putting the knowledge into action. Let’s face it, changing anything takes time, effort, and usually lots of encouragement and accountability. Doctors are so busy there is only a small of amount of time for this type of instruction and is therefore this education is often overlooked or under emphasized.




Add a Registered Dietitian (RD) to your medical team! A typical initial visit with me, Dana West, RD/LD, is about sixty minutes with 100% of the focus being on helping you meet your medical and health goals.  As a Registered Dietitian, I am trained to take time to educate and help you work through the necessary changes to control and/or reverse diabetes and its complications. This is the most important discussion for patients with pre-diabetes or diabetes to have with their medical team. Adding me, a Registered Dietitian, to your medical team can make a big difference in the lives of those who wish to embrace health and prevent or reverse diabetes. And there is still more good news: Diabetes Education with a dietitian is covered by most health insurance plans and a doctor referral is not necessary in the state of Arkansas, in most cases. And I will work with your doctor to provide you with the best up-to-date information available.


One-on-one coaching with a Registered Dietitian and group health programs have both been proven to improve the health of those suffering from diabetes. Decide today to take charge of your health, pick up the phone and call and call to schedule an appointment with Dana West, RD today, or fill out the form below.


Work with Dana




Diabetes Health in Carroll and Madison Counties


The combined population of Carroll and Madison Counties in Northwest Arkansas is approximately 43,500, with 4,350 persons with diabetes and 14,350 person with pre-diabetes. The estimated cost for treatment of these patients totals $34-79 million health care dollars per years in these two county alone.


You do not have to be a victim of diabetes, you can prevent and possibly even reverse diabetes.


Dana West, Registered Dietitian, locatedlocated in Huntsville, Eureka Springs, Holiday Island, is the only local Practicing Registered Dietitian residing in Carroll and Madison Counties.


A Registered Dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition who has:


Completed a formal education program with minimum of a bachelor’s degree at an Accredited University in Nutrition and Dietetics. The program must provide in-depth coursework covering:


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry
  • Sociology
  • Psychology and behavior therapy
  • Biology, microbiology
  • Food and nutrition sciences
  • Food service systems management
  • Business, marketing
  • Accounting
  • Computer science
  • Education techniques
  • Research
  • Economics
  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility for 6-12 months
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration
  • Met the requirements for State Licensure (LD)


(For more information about registered dietitians go to www.cdrnet.org)


Work with Dana


Dana West, RD


What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?


Both dietitians and nutritionists study and focus on diet, food, nutrition, and supplementation and how various foods and products affect the body, health, and well being of individuals or groups of people. Both are considered healthcare professionals. But while all dietitian are nutritionists, not all nutritionists are dietitians.


Dietitians are regulated by licenses and certifications, provide Medical Nutrition Therapy; a services generally covered by most insurance companies. Registered Dietitians are members of one or more professional bodies, and therefore are held accountable for their conduct, care and treatment provided. Because of this the reliability and safety of their professional advice and care are ensured. The focus of a dietitian’s work is to organize health improvement plans to promote healthy eating habits, and prevent and treat illness. Dietitians often have a holistic approach to health and have other certification in exercise or other areas to complement their degree.


In the United States, the title “nutritionist” is not regulated or protected, and therefore can be used by anyone, even without proof of qualification requirements. Many nutritionists have studied diet and nutrition, and may have more advanced degrees than some dietitians. Those with advanced degrees from accredited colleges and who have practical experience can sit for the nutritionist certification boards, and upon passing the exam are certified nutrition specialists, or C.N.S, which is a protected title. Since the title ‘nutritionist’ has been used by many unqualified people to describe their involvement in food and nutrition, you should be careful to choose a qualified nutritional professional such as a CNS or RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).


One of the major differences between a nutritionist and a dietitian, is that a dietitian can help diagnose eating disorders or help plan meals for managing symptoms of health problems and nutritional behavior therapy. Because nutritionist may not have any professional practical training, they should not be involved in the diagnosis and dietary treatment of any disease. Nutritionists tend to work mostly with behavioral issues and teach general nutrition and health principles.


Both dietitians and nutritionists are concerned about the health and welfare of their clients and can work as partners in serving the health needs of their communities.


Work with Dana


Dana specializes in helping you make the necessary lifestyle changes for reversing pre-diabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and associated chronic degenerative diseases.


Dana is the author of the revolutionary Start A New YOU! Program.


Dana West RD Start a New YouToday


This amazing program includes:


  • Dietary instruction and personalized meal-planning
  • One-on-one fitness training and the development of a planned home exercise routine
  • Hands-on cooking lab instruction on proper food selection and preparation
  • Up-to-date, science-based health lectures on wellness, nutrition, exercise, self-management, the use of natural remedies at home, and stress management
  • Long-term follow up and support groups


Tap into the Power of Individualized and Personalized Training!


Each of her health programs is tailored to fit her patient’s specific concerns, to achieve the best possible outcome. Dana’s goal is to help you reach your best health!


If you are ready to Start a New You Today, fill out the application form below to schedule your FREE pre-consultation today!


Work with Dana


Dana West, RDN, LD






Dana is very knowledgeable, engaging and supportive. She encourages healthy food choices, exercise and prayer. A great recipe for A New YOU! Kim (Start A New YOU! Participant)


My cholesterol has come down and sugars are better. I hope to learn more as I continue with Abundant Health NOW! Program. Linda (Start A New YOU! Participant)


I consider myself fairly well educated about health and was surprised at how much I learned and how easily it changed some of my behaviors. The accountability helped me stay on track. I really appreciate Dana’s non-judgmental approach and her willingness to make adjustments to create smaller steps that felt doable to me! Pam (Start A New YOU! Participant)


I began to drink a lot more water and lowered my blood pressure by 15 points. A change in diet and more exercise caused me to lose about 8 pounds. I now go walking morning and evening. This is a good program! Toni (Start A New YOU! Participant)


“I have known Dana West personally for the past several years.  I have worked closely with her on a number of health related projects most recently on the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), which we conducted in Sarasota, FL. This was a five-week health seminar which encouraged participants to take charge of their own health by making healthy lifestyle changes. I can honestly say that the success of this program was in part due to the participation and leadership of Dana who played major roles in this seminar. I know Dana to be very conscientious, hardworking and reliable.  I also know for a fact that she  “lives what she preaches.”  I strongly endorse her health and cooking class programs and would highly recommend her to anyone.”    Dennis Imperio, M.D.


“Dana is a very special person! She helped me understand my diet. Her instructions were very thorough and easy to understand. I just have to remember everything! She has been a blessing to me and I have learned so much. It has been a pleasure working with Dana!” Davon.


“Dear Dana, Thank you so much for helping me. Your program was the best time I have had in a long time! I felt I learned a lot from you.” Monica


“Dear Dana, We really had an unforgettable experience! Thank you ever-so-much for helping both of us, it was fabulous to learn from you.” Yvonne.


“Dear Dana, Thank you so much for presenting the seminar Fitting Vegetarianism into Today’s Modern Lifestyle at our Chesapeake camp meeting this year. It was one of the best seminars in our program and certainly was well attended…” J. Neville Harcombe, Chesapeake Conference, President.


“Dear Dana, You have done an absolutely first rate job in providing dietary consultations. You have demonstrated an ability to handle a wide variety of assignments in the teaching and supervision of patients with complex medical problems. I praise you for your commitment to your clients. I credit you with a lot of hard work and high professional standards. On behalf of the physicians at Renal Medicine and our business staff, thank you for your contributions.” John Cipoletti, CEO.


“I have been acquainted with Dana West in her role as a Registered Dietitian for over 2 years. She has provided nutrition consultations and diet counseling to many of my patients. She has shown a real commitment to her work and one can tell she enjoys very much what she is doing. The patients have conveyed to me that they are pleased with her work and are very appreciative of the time that she has spent with them. I believe she has particularly shown attention in a very positive way to the disadvantaged, including children with disabilities, who had special nutritional needs, as well as conveying her concern to the parents. She has been influential in helping several diabetic patients with dietary instruction to help them lose weight, and in so doing, she has been very instrumental in helping patients control their diabetes with diet alone. I have been, as noted above, quite impressed with her abilities, and I am sure that she will continue to serve her nutrition patients and clients quite well.” Lenard Wagner, MD Dept. of Family Practice.


Dana West, Registered Dietitian, has worked with my patients in recent years. I first became familiar with Mrs. West’s professional work as the then Chairman of the Infection and Therapeutics Committee. I was very impressed with her fund of knowledge, her dedication and pleasant way with patients. I recommend her without reservation.” Frank Maldonado, MD.


“Dana West helped in the care of my patients. She would carefully explain the necessary diet items to my patients and would always offer helpful suggestions concerning their diets. Mrs. West was always available and cheerful and professional. She got along very well with the patients as well as the medical staff. She has my highest recommendation.” John B. Kernan, MD.


“Thank you for the dietary and health information you shared with myself and my husband. He started drinking more water and is feeling much better.” Charles and June.


“Dearest Dana, Friends like you are few and far between. I cannot begin to thank you for all you have done for me. I so appreciate it more than you will ever know. I remember how you helped me the first day I never smoked! I am now smoke-free for over a year! Praise GOD and you! I also want to thank you for teaching me about the Bible. I have enjoyed it so much!” Dee.


“Dana West, R.D. is a graduate from Andrews University in Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics. As a Registered Dietitian her experience includes helping individuals with their specific dietary needs and challenges. Dana is a Dietitian Consultant and has also conducted several cooking classed in this area for diabetes, cardiac and vegetarian meal plans. At this cooking class Dana will be presenting some easy to follow tips and recipes to spice up your life!” Lea County Extension Service.


“Hi Dana, Just wanted to thank you for yesterday. Dick and I really appreciated your workshop. You are a very pleasant presenter and easy to listen to. We will now do our best to put the good information to practice in our lives.” Dick and Betty.


“Thank you, Dana, you really helped our staff out by knowing the appropriate diets for our residents and future diabetic residents. Your information was well needed.” Carrie Cooper, Medical Liaison, Humphrey House Staff.


“Dear Dana I just wanted to take the time to thank you for tutoring me [through my dietetic internship]. Thank you for working around my schedule.” Gelle.


“Dear Dana, I went to see Dr. B today. I am pleased to say I am now off glipizide and take only 1 glucophage. Doctor was very pleased with my blood sugars. I am down another 5 pounds making almost 60 pounds lost. I have you to thank, Dana!” Mary.

“I attended Dana’s Start A New YOU! live-in health retreat. After four days I was off insulin and my diabetes medication. I have lost 17 pounds in the 24 days I was with Dana and have lost an additional 75 pounds since leaving the retreat a year ago. If you want to get your diabetes under control, talk to Dana.” Dave.

“If you have high blood pressure, heart issues, have had or are at risk for a stroke or a heart attack, or even if you think you’re healthy, you don’t need to be the statistic of 1 in 3 who die from heart disease. You are the one in charge of your health! If you want to know how to make a change, I highly recommend scheduling a visit with Dana West, She helped me get my health back.” Wendy