Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Carmen is a Registered Dietitian. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she has spent her career working at Johns Hopkins and is also an adjunct faculty instructor for Excelsior College. Carmen has over 20 years of experience in nutritional counseling, education, writing, and program management and is a certified specialist in adult weight management. She enjoys educating her students and clients about how nutrition affects the body and its role in overall health and wellness.

Conditions Covered:Food & Nutrition, Fitness & Exercise

Latest by Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Eat This, Not That, For Ankylosing Spondylitis

While there isn’t a diet that will cure AS, there are certain things that you could be eating to help minimize your joint pain and swelling — or foods you’re eating that could be making it worse. Choose wisely.

Use Food to Heal You, Not Harm You

When you’re going through treatment for leukemia, your immune system may be weakened, exposing you to a higher risk of infection — which could even come from your food. Take these measures so your food heals you, not harms you.

Quiz: Am I Eating This Right?

When you're recovering from leukemia treatments and your immune system is low, are you taking all of the precautions necessary to ensure you're not putting yourself at risk for infection, like salmonella?

8 Foods That Can Harm Bone Health

Which foods should you exclude from your diet when you want to boost your bone health and reduce your osteoporosis risk?

Best Foods to Prevent Colon Cancer

What you eat may play a role in preventing cancer. Research suggests diets low in fruit and vegetables and high in meat pose a risk for colon cancer. Here are some tips on what you should eat.

Delicious Keto Recipes for Diabetes

If you’re trying to cut down on your carb intake for blood sugar control, you may want to consider giving the keto diet a try. You won’t have to skimp on delicious meals — just try these recipes to see!

ALL the Ways to Work Out When You Have RA

Whether your RA is moderate or severe, there is a workout option out there for you — and we had our expert RA writers try them, first-hand, just to prove it.

Is the Keto Diet Right For You and Your Chronic Condition?

It’s all the rage these days, but how does it benefit your chronic condition? Well, you’d be surprised. With it’s high-fat, low-carb plan, you’re able to lose weight, lower your blood sugar levels, and decrease inflammation in joints and the gut. Sign us up!

The Dangers of Dehydration

Every time you go to the bathroom or sweat, you lose water. If you’re vomiting or have diarrhea – more water loss. All of this contributes to dehydration, which is a serious health risk. Find out how much your body needs.

Low FODMAP Diet to Treat Digestive Health Issues

The low FODMAP diet can help to prevent bloating, cramping, diarrhea, flatulence, and other symptoms that are common for people who suffer from IBS, Crohn's disease, UC, or celiac disease. These are the foods to stock up on, and the ones to avoid.