Dietetics and Nutrition
Dietetics involves applying the science of nutrition to provide practical information on food selection and the construction of diets to promote optimum health for patients and to support patient’s medical conditions and diseases.
Our professional dietetics and nutrition specialists offer outpatient clinics for adults and children to help and empower them to adapt their diet using up to date evidence-based research on food, health and disease to protect their health or to manage specific conditions.
They offer advice and expertise to a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services including: diabetes, cardiology, renal, gastroenterology, neurology, stroke, obesity, cancer, paediatrics, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Our dieticians have specific knowledge in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies, diabetes, obesity and bariatric surgery, sports nutrition and lowering cholesterol and lipids. They provide a personally tailored diet that is based on your individual needs. They can also monitor the effects of your diet and adjust it as necessary whilst offering you support along the way.
Healthy eating advice
Our dietitians and nutritionists will evaluate your health and based on their findings, they’ll offer you advice on which foods to eat and which to avoid to improve your health and wellbeing. It may be highlighted that your current diet is deficient in some vitamins and minerals and your dietician will provide dietary advice to resolve this.
A dietician’s aim is to provide sustainable diet plans together with information on the science of nutrition and foods to patients that can be followed long term and become part of their everyday routine.
Common conditions that can be helped:
Obesity and bariatric surgery dietary advice
If you’re classified as overweight or obese your first step to losing weight is to review your diet and a dietician and nutritionist can offer you professional advice and suggest meal plans that will provide you with a nutrient rich but energy controlled diet to help you lose weight.
If you’ve decided to have weight loss surgery to lose excessive weight your bariatric surgeon may recommend that you follow a pre-operative diet as well as a post-operative food regime. We have dieticians who can provide guidance and information on bariatric diets to help you lose weight and reach your goals and, also to maintain your target weight.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a common long-term digestive system condition that can cause stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation. The symptoms can vary from one individual to another. Dietary changes can often help IBS symptoms and sometimes simple changes are all that are needed. Your dietician will work with you to plan a diet that will relieve your symptoms. They may ask you to keep a food diary to see if certain foods trigger your symptoms, especially if you’re prone to diarrhoea.
The low FODMAP diet may help reduce symptoms of IBS. FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the gut and may cause symptoms of IBS. Following a diet low in FODMAPs offers successful drug-free management of IBS symptoms in many patients. We have dieticians who are IBS-trained in a low FODMAP diet.
Sports nutrition for improved performance
Nutrition can help enhance your athletic performance. A dietician can recommend a sports nutrition plan with the amount of each food group you need individually tailored and dependent on your sporting choice, the amount of time spent training and doing the sport. You’ll need to eat a healthy diet with plenty of carbohydrates to provide fast burning energy as well as protein for muscular repair whilst also focussing on pre and post workout meals.
If you have type 2 diabetes your insulin levels will often change as the diabetes progresses and changes and so should your diet. It’s important that you have access to a dietician who can provide you with individual support and guidance on the best diet to follow for a normal life.
We have dieticians who are experienced in working with patients with diabetes and they’ll offer valuable assistance in ensuring you make the right food choices.
Cholesterol and lipid lowering advice
If you’re at risk of developing cardiovascular disease you may be advised to lower your cholesterol and lipid (fat) intake and increase your fibre. A dietitian or nutritionist will plan a diet with healthy fat and limited sugar to help reduce your risk of heart disease. They will discuss with you your current diet and recommend alternatives and meal plans that will promote a healthier heart.
Our dieticians offer comprehensive knowledge and diet plans to lower cholesterol.
If you’re suffering from symptoms which you believe could be caused by a food allergy or intolerance, then a qualified dietitian or nutritionist could help identify the problem foods.
Our dieticians and nutritionists will gather information about your eating habits, symptoms, overall health and well-being and then create a personalised food intolerance or allergy diet so that symptoms and side effects are minimised and your health and well-being is optimised. If you need to remove certain foods from your diet alternatives will be recommended so that plenty of food choices remain.