Diet and nutrition are important factors in the promotion and maintenance of good health. Diet has been known for many years to play a key role as a risk factor for chronic diseases.
The traditional diet of largely plant based foods has been swiftly replaced by high-fat, energy-dense diets with a substantial content of animal-based foods. Major causes of illness or disease and mortality are related to poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Specific diseases and conditions linked to poor diet include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, constipation, diverticular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anaemia, malnutrition and some cancers.
Many chronic diseases are preventable, or react more favourably in terms of management and medical treatment, in those individuals who adopt healthy behaviours, such as controlling body weight, eating nutritious foods, avoiding tobacco use, and increasing physical activity.
Together with physical activity, a high-quality diet that does not provide excess calories should enhance the health of most individuals. Increasing the fruit and vegetable consumption in the diet is essential. Eating sufficient daily serves of fruit and vegetables rich in substances including fibre, vitamins, minerals and other factors will enhance health and protect against disease.
Our Dietitians have a particular interest in chronic disease prevention and work with a range of clients providing advice on heart health, diabetes, insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance and weight management. They are able to provide you with specific dietary advice for those suffering digestion problems, food intolerances and allergies. Our Dietitians will assess your medical history, family history and any current medications and will also discuss your GP referral, blood tests you may have had and your food diary if you keep one.
Your diet will then be assessed and a management plan will be devised based on your needs. This may include education and/or a diet plan. You should allow least an hour for your first consultation. There is no set number of visits – further visits are made according to your needs. Typically, individuals may expect to need fortnightly to monthly visits for the first six months, then 6 monthly visits for the next 2 years for effective diet modification and continuing education. A single session may be sufficient to provide some people with appropriate and useful information.
Private health insurance rebates are available for dietetic services. Please contact your health fund to find out if your cover entitles you to Dietitian appointments. Medicare rebates are available for eligible patients with chronic health conditions under a care plan coordinated by their general practitioner.