The Trans Community Lacks Good Nutrition Advice

When I began my transition in 2019, I was frustrated with the limited research and information on proper nutrition and psychological wellness. My own medical practitioners, while completely knowledgeable and supportive, could not begin to address nutrition.

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When I started to do my own research, I could count on one hand the number of scientific studies or related scientific literature that dealt with nutrition for the trans community.

And good nutrition is critical for the trans community.

Whitney Linsenmeyer Ph.D., R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Saint Louis University says this: “Those receiving masculinising or feminizing hormone therapy (HT) may experience change in body weight, body composition, bone health, and cholesterol levels, among others. Nutrition can play a role in all of these factors.”

The transitioning process can require an all-encompassing physical and mental change.

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