How can a dietitian help?

Written by Ms. Veronika Volher

Dietetics is still often confused with diets, which usually involve some kind of constraint, witholding and, in many cases, a form of prohibiton.

Personally speaking, dietetics is paramount to individuals and can be used to transfer information based on acquired scientific knowledge. By doing so, we can comprehensively create a personal lifestyle which the individual accomodates, or assimilates to. Addtionally, throughout the span of beneficial collaboration, individuals will be able to succesfully continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and preserve their health through proper nutrition.

Should I visit a dietitian in order to preserve or recondition my health?

The most important pillar regarding our health is, indeed our lifestyle, and it easily absorbs 50% of an individual’s time and effort.

When one reviews the mortality rate regarding main diseases in consideration of a pool inlcuding 100,000 individuals throughout Hungary, we see how cancer is the second most form of fatality, and this number is escalating. In 1981, scientists discovered in 35% of the cases, factors of nutrition were responsible for failing health and the development of cancer, excluding alcohol.

In consideration of this statement, we can state how nutrition, as a distinctive player regarding lifestyle, is a key role both in prevention and treatment.

We can divide diseases into three groups, in terms of general nutrition.

  1. The only viable option in support of treatment is strict adherance to the recommended diet (eg: celiac, phenylketonuria, food allergies, overweight, obesity, etc., although an individual my also be taking prescription medication. Only 10-20% of individuals afflicted with illness or disease are aligned to this category.
  2. Prescription medication is often deemed necessary, and therefore, is supplemented with dietetic treatment (e.g., cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, pancreatitis, gastro-intestinal diseases, renal failure, liver diseases). Distinctly, 60-70% of diseases fall into this category.
  3. Proper nutrition does not have a role in treatment, but is considerably essential towards maintaining balance, in particular, when treating surgical patients and or obsetrical patients. 20% of patients are part of this category.

However, the real goal is not to restore perfect health, but the struggle generally faced with maintaining it.

Personally, Menu or Diet Consultation is not a one-time occasion, but a process. My goal is to ensure patients under my care adapt to a health-supporting, individualized, well-balanced, diverse diet, and then manage so on their own, independently, self-confident and assured in the routine maintenance regarding their state of health over the the long term.

In regards to the first consultation, I first initiate an examination of the case history regarding nutrition, which includes a comprehensive summary of an individual’s nutritional anamnesis, exploration of potential errors, or shortcomings, in nutrition, beneficial evaluation, counselling, measuring the level of nourishment, and anthropometric examinations.

At the second consultation, during control examinations, we offer feedback regarding attitudes in nutrition, correct mistakes commonly associated in nutrition, transfer evaluated data, discuss the results regarding the analysis, record a three-day nutrition diary, correct errors or misconceptions regarding diet, and trace various levels of nourishment. Additionally, we perform a second round of athropometic examinations, amend nutritional counseling if and when necessary, and discuss potential probelms.

Within the framework of this program, counseling includes defining body composition, evaluation, and a short nutritional guideline. If and when a specific problem develops, counselling is extended and includes additional, meaningful nutritional kniowledge aiming towards improvment.

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Gyócsiné Varga Zsófia

Zsófia Gyócsiné Varga

Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sportdietitian

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