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Why see a dietitian?
Dietetics is the branch of knowledge relating to the diet and its effects on health, especially with the practical application of a scientific understanding of nutrition. Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals who are qualified to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems. Dietitians work on altering their patient’s nutrition status based on their medical condition accommodating to individual needs. Furthermore, they team with other healthcare professionals such as doctors who carry out appropriate tests and identify underlying issues to promote improved health outcomes.
Some of the conditions a dietitian can help with (but not limited to) -
Pregnancy & breast feeding
Faltering growth/ Paediatric weight management
Nutritional deficiencies ie. Anaemia
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Crohn’s Disease / Ulcerative Colitis
Liver & Kidney disease
Weight management : Gain/Loss
Type 1 Diabetes / Type 2 Diabetes/ Gestational Diabetes
Hypertension/ High Blood Pressure
Hyperlipidaemia/ High cholesterol levels