Diet is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. By developing a knowledge of how food can best serve your health, you can reduce issues such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and nutrient deficiencies. Through a personal assessment and management plan, dieticians can not only treat health issues but also encourage a more positive overall perspective on food.
Dietician services can guide you in the right direction so you can become the best, healthiest version of yourself. At Star Medical, our dieticians are dedicated to providing one-on-one care to patients, helping them manage food allergies, weight problems, difficulty eating, and other issues related to food. Book an appointment to discuss your concerns and receive professional advice from one of our trusted clinicians.
What is a dietician?
Dieticians are health professionals who manage and help improve conditions related to weight loss and gain. They also monitor general health and well-being, helping patients achieve a lifestyle suited to their individual needs. Seeing a dietitian can help you improve your health and reduce your risk of developing health issues related to poor nutrition and lifestyle.
Dietitians can provide:
- Guidance on nutrition and healthy eating
- Nutritional assessments
- Personalised eating plans based on individual needs
- Practical information on food shopping and preparation
- Assistance in managing chronic issues such as diabetes
In order to recommend the best solutions, a dietician must identify the needs of the patient. Once your dietician knows which problems you wish to address, he or she can begin to develop a plan to manage and improve your health and nutrition.
When to see a dietician
There are many reasons why a person may seek dietician services. Some may be referred, while others may choose to seek support independently. Although many men and women may seek these services to address a specific health concern, it can also benefit those who wish to improve their overall health and well-being. Whatever the case, your clinician will work with you to identify possible issues and how best to deal with them.
Specific issues that dieticians can address can include:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes
- A newly diagnosed chronic illness
- Dramatic weight loss or gain
- Food allergies
- High cholesterol
- Poor food intake or appetite
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Issues with gluten or fructose
- Changes to appetite due to medication
- Disordered eating
- A desire for general guidance on healthy eating
What to expect
Your meeting with a dietician at Star Medical will begin with an assessment and general discussion about your health and concerns. You should inform us of any medications you are taking, as well as any health issues you are dealing with. This may include food allergies, weight problems, or chronic illness. We will also ask you about your lifestyle, eating habits, and your health goals, to gain a better understanding of your personal situation. Once we have gathered this information, we will offer feedback and guidance on your diet and lifestyle.
Following your assessment, your dietician will create a personalised plan, taking your health and goals into account. Your plan will be unique to your needs, designed to either address medical issues such as diabetes or high cholesterol, or to help you improve your overall nutrition. As a result, patients can achieve a healthier lifestyle, with a greater understanding of which food choices will help them achieve their goals.
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses that can be managed with the help of a dietician. An estimated 280 people in Australia develop diabetes every day. It is more common in people above the age of 45 and who have a family history of diabetes or obesity.
Diabetes affects the body’s glucose levels (blood sugar), which can lead to complications if it is not managed correctly. Keeping blood glucose levels within a normal and healthy range can help you manage the condition, which for many people, involves daily monitoring and care. Sometimes, getting help and advice from a professional will give you the information you need to keep your glucose within an ideal range. This is where a dietician can help.
Managing diabetes is a careful balance and may vary depending on the type of diabetes, as well as the patient’s health and situation. Treatment may involve a mixture of medication, physical activity, and food choices. Therefore, if you are suffering from diabetes, it may be worth speaking to one of our friendly dieticians who can help optimise your diabetes management.
Book your dietician services appointment at Star Medical
Dieticians are qualified professionals who are able to treat a wide range of issues related to food and dietary issues. If you have concerns about nutrition, allergies, weight, or illness, a dietician will help you gain clarity on your condition as well as provide helpful recommendations. Achieve your health and nutritional goals with one of our qualified, experienced professionals at Star Medical.
At Star Medical, we take a personalised and holistic approach to helping patients achieve their nutritional goals. Inquire today to find out more about dietician services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist?
Although both dieticians and nutritionists deal with food and diet issues, accredited dieticians are qualified to work in hospitals and medical practices. A dietician also works with other health professionals, such as general practitioners (GPs), and is trained to provide both group and individual dietary support and counselling. If you suffer from a chronic health condition, a GP may refer you to a dietician.
Will a dietician put me on a “diet”?
A dietician does not enforce a diet, but instead makes educated recommendations and helps you make healthy lifestyle and food choices. Your dietician will take your goals and preferences into account when developing a nutritional plan.
Who can see a dietician?
Anyone can see a dietician if they wish to improve their eating habits, meal planning, and lifestyle choices. Some may wish to improve their general health, while others may seek to address a medical condition.
What should I bring to my appointment?
It is a good idea to be prepared for your appointment. Depending on your specific needs, you may need to bring:
- A referral, if you have one
- Details of current medications
- Any relevant test results, such as blood tests
- Recent blood sugar recordings (if diabetic)
- A food diary can be helpful, but it is not required
Do I need a referral?
No, but if you have one, you should bring it along to your appointment.