Dietetics

dietics

What is dietetics about?

Dietetics is the scientific study of nutrition of healthy as well as ill individuals. Based on knowledge of medicine, biochemistry, physiology, food technology and many other areas of science, the dietitian creates a meal plan, taking into consideration the condition and eating preferences of a patient.

Dietetics is not only about losing weight

The main objective of the dietitian is to educate and help change the eating habits of a patient. By combining pharmacological treatment administered by a physician with a change in nutrition, it is possible to significantly improve the results of treatment of many diseases such as, for example, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), psoriasis, acne or diseases of the thyroid. A properly tailored diet reduces the risk of side effects caused by medications and the likelihood of relapse.

The dietitian’s job is not only to help lose a few spare pounds, but, in the case of some diseases, their assistance is necessary for successful treatment. Reduced body weight makes a patient feel better and more confident, but not only that. Sensitivity to medication increases, the symptoms of a disease develop less frequently and the risk of diet-dependent diseases decreases.

What does the dietitian at Derm-Al do?

The role of the dietitian at the Derm-Al Centre is not only to help reduce excess body weight and have the dream figure. Our dietitian collaborates with our physicians, e.g. the dermatologist, allergologist or endocrynologist, and, based on their recommendations, tailors the patient’s diet to their individual needs in order to make treatment more effective.

The dietitian at the Derm-Al Centre also collaborates with our dermatologists. Planning the right diet may be very beneficial in the treatment of skin diseases. This is the case, for example, with acne treatment. By reducing the intake of certain nutrients such as monosaccharides or trans fats and keeping the glycemic index low, it is possible to reduce the intensity of acne lesions on the skin. Our specialists are constantly in contact with one another, which makes it possible to monitor treatment and adjust recommendations to the changing needs of a patient.

The dietitian may also help patients suffering from allergies, especially food allergies. A diet carefully planned on the basis of allergologist’s recommendations may help reduce the risk of allergic symptoms or nutritional deficiencies caused by elimination of some (allergenic) foods. A balanced diet is particularly important in children, in order to ensure that they receive all the nutrients they need to grow and develop despite allergy.

Dietary treatment may also be good for patients with endocrine disorders such as, for example, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). At the Derm-Al Centre, the dietitian may collaborate with the endocrinologist to plan a diet tailored to the patient’s condition in order to stimulate their treatment. This is particularly important in patients with endocrynology disorders, especially PCOS. The right diet helps reduce body weight, improve carbohydrate metabolism and insulin sensitivity and consequently – restore regular periods and ovulation.

The dietitian not only plans the diet and educates, but also incentivises the patient by using motivation techniques and positively stimulating to pursue the goals.