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1. What does a nutritionist/ Dietitian do?
A dietitian/nutritionist is a specialist who is trained to plan your meal depending up on your health and nutritional requirements. He/she can guide you about eating right food in right proportions to achieve your ideal health status and weight.
2. What is the difference between a Dietitian and Nutritionist?
A nutritionist that gets registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) after qualifying a national level exam may legally declare themselves as dietitians or more precisely, registered dietitians (RDs).
3. How will a Dietitian/Nutritionist be helpful?
Dietitian/Nutritionist could be helpful in controlling bad food habits and planning a right diet to control your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and for achieveing and maintaining the right weight.
4. When do you need to see a dietician?
You can see a dietician when you are feeling the requirement to reduce or increase your weight or keeping a check on some disease.
5. What to expect on your first visit to a Dietitian/Nutritionist?
Dietitian/Nutritionist will analyse your medical history and medicines you take. He will assess how active you are. On the basis of all this data he will plan your meal according to your body requirements.
Dietetics is basically a study of food and nutrition and its effects on the health of a person. Dietician is an expert in dietetics who suggests nutrition to be provided to a patient on basis of his/ her nutritional needs and medical conditions. The main area of focus of dietetics is food management rather than just mere promotion of health.
Dieticians need to be consulted if you are suffering from any kind of deficiencies in the body. Also if you have undergone any kind of surgery, you need help of a dietician to recommend you foods which will aid recovery. People with lifestyle issues such as obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, Celiac Disease, gastro-intestinal problems also need to consult dieticians. Dieticians also suggest dietary changes if you wish to lose or gain weight. Dieticians offer meal plans for patients, people with lifestyle problems, kidney failure, IBS syndrome, eating disorders, pregnant women, and people with different kinds of allergies.
There are different sub categories of dieticians. First are clinical dietitians who offer complete medical nutrition guidance to patients or people undergoing any medical treatment. The plans are customized as per need of the patient i.e. diabetic patients or people with kidney problems. Then there are community dietitians who prepare different eating programs in general and offer advice or guidance to the public regarding different areas linked to food and nutrition. The last category of dieticians is the management dietitians who set meal programs for differentfood service settings like prisons, cafeterias, hospitals and schools. They are responsible for purchasing food items and then carrying out business-related tasks like budgeting etc. They supervise kitchen staff so that there is no problem in preparing meals.
The consultation fees of a Dieticianusually begin at Rs 500.
Diet recommendations Rs 500-Rs 3500
Supplements Rs500- Rs 5000
Dieticians offer dietary recommendation to different categories of patients.
Diets for people with high blood pressure - People suffering from high blood pressure arerecommended a diet which will limit their salt intake.
Diet for people with eating disorders- People with eating disorders are given meal plans to regulate their eating habits and induce healthy eating patterns.
Diets for kidney patients- Kidney patients aregiven diet which will regulate their water intake.
Diets for sportsmen- Sport people aregiven diet which will enhance their level of performance.
Diet post-surgery- People who have undergone any kind of surgery are recommended diets which will aid their recovery process.
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