The nutrition therapist provides nutrition advice, plans individual diets for patients and follows them up. The advice takes into account the patient’s current situation and previous dietary habits. The advice is based on general nutrition advice, but stretches to a tangible choice of food and foodstuffs. The therapist's expertise includes knowledge of energy and nutrients, their impact on the ability to absorb and knowledge about the signs of deficiencies. Nutrition therapy plays a central role in the treatment of several diseases such as diabetes, eating disorders, high blood pressure (hypertension), coeliac and food allergies.
NUTRITION THERAPY IS A CENTRAL ASPECT OF CARE WHEN TREATING:
- people who are over and under-weight
- eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)
- high blood pressure
- high blood cholesterol
- metabolic syndrome
- metal allergies
- lactose intolerance
- intestinal inflammations
- other abdominal or intestinal complaints such as constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome
- sleep apnoea
- underlying diseases that have an impact on sleep (cancers etc.)
- bariatric surgery
At the nutrition therapist’s clinic, you can also discuss worries about the how sufficient certain diets are, e.g. vegetarian diets, older people’s eating habits, unusually unbalanced eating, etc.