Doctor of Naturopathy & Natural Medicines, DM - Clinical Haematology, Certified Diabetic Educator, Diploma in Nutrition & Health Education (DNHE), Certificate in food Nutrition (CFN), Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Physical Education)
Dietitian/Nutritionist - Specializes in Diabetic Diet Counseling
Diabetic diet counselling includes customized plans for people with diabetes and suggest healthy eating patterns, daily physical activity and exercise and pharmacotherapy. Generally, people with diabetes find it difficult to understand what all to eat, at what time to eat and how much to eat. A diabetic nutritionist or a diabetes specialist will be able to help with plans that include diet timetables for healthy eating. The role of the nutritionist is to understand the lifestyle of the patient and then suggest and recommend an individualised plan or timetable for diet. The nutritionist also plays an important role in building awareness with the patient to help him understand the components to different foods and their effects on the body. The nutritionist or the dietitian will educate the patient about foods that are beneficial for him and for those that are harmful for the body. Dietitians are dedicated to general nutrition and provide outpatient diet counselling for people looking for weight loss, gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies/ intolerances and pregnancy. The success of the diabetic diet counselling is equally dependent on the patient who needs to be willing to make the necessary changes and conform to them with dedication and commitment. The patient has to be an equal participant in the decision making for the diet counselling plans. The diet plan needs to consider a plan that helps in reducing hypoglycemia for diabetes patients. Physical activity and exercise help in insulin resistance and lipid profile. Weight loss aids in minimising blood sugar levels in the blood.