Dietetics

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About Dietetics

Dietitians are uniquely qualified to help translate scientific information into practical dietary advice. As well as providing impartial advice about nutrition and health, dietitians are trained to understand your medical condition and the nutritional requirements that are needed to treat disease and ill health.  Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.  They work with both healthy and sick people.  They use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease and translate this into practical advice to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.  Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.  Dieticians are required to hold at least a BSc Hons in Dietetics or a related science degree.  Dietetic courses include biochemistry, physiology, applied sciences and research methods.  These are complemented by social and behavioural sciences and the theories of communication.  A period of supervised practice takes place in the NHS, where an individual must demonstrate clinical and professional competence before being eligible to apply for registration.

Conditions suitable for treatment by the dietitian

BOWEL DISORDERS:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (including bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, pain)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Diverticular disease
  • Constipation
  • Gastro oesophageal reflux disease
  • Heart burn and acid regurgitation

METABOLIC CONDITIONS:

  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Metabolic syndrome

OTHER CONDITIONS:

  • Elevated blood cholesterol (hyperlipidaemia)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Weight Management
  • Undernutrition and unplanned weight loss
  • Eating for a healthy balanced diet, including: vegetarian diets, pre-conception, during pregnancy and post birth
What to Expect from your Appointment
  • Prior to your first consultation you will be asked to complete some paperwork.  Depending upon your reason for attending, this may be a food diary or forms that look specifically at your symptoms and the impact of stress and anxiety.
  • During the first consultation the practitioner will talk to you in depth about your diet and lifestyle.  You will explore diets and strategies to help you make changes and advice is tailored to you as an individual to help you achieve your goals.
  • For many clients, one appointment may be enough; however, some medical conditions may need 3-4 appointments.
  • At a follow-up appointment you will have the opportunity to reflect on the previous few weeks, what has worked well and not so well.  Depending upon your response to treatment, further recommendations will be made and targets set.
Cost of Treatment

The duration and cost of an appointment will vary so please contact the clinic directly to discuss your individual requirements.
For further information please contact the clinic on 01732 453956.