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Why might you see a dietitian?

Finding and accessing the services of a dietitian can be achieved in several ways, but why choose one in the first place? You may be referred by a GP or consultant or request a referral to address a specific medical/health need or condition.

Alternatively, you may choose to seek out the services of a freelancer. Here are some examples of where they, working on a one-to-one basis or part of a wider health team, can help improve your health and lifestyle:

  • you suffer with digestive problems

  • you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coeliac, HIV etc

  • you have oral, enteral or parenteral nutrition requirements

  • your child, or looked after child, has specialised nutritional requirements

  • you are wanting or needing to lose weight in a safe and sensible way

  • you need to put weight on following a spell of ill-health or as the result of a medical condition

  • you are considering surgery to lose weight

  • you want to improve your athletic performance or general fitness levels

  • you want advice about breastfeeding and weaning

  • you think you have an allergy or intolerance to a certain food

  • you would like advice about eating disorders

  • you are a carer and want credible and practical advice to ensure the person/s you are caring for is/are getting the appropriate nutrition in their diet/s.

While dietitians work with individuals, as the above examples explain, in the NHS and on a freelance basis, they also work across the board wherever food and nutrition is present.

(adapted from the BDA website)

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