There are many different sectors that a dietitian can specialise in and assisting those who have been diagnosed with diabetes is just one of them.
Dietitians in diabetes aim to improve the quality of life and the knowledge of their patients and play a vital role in making nutrition information accessible and practical. There is evidence based research that gives strong indicators that diet therapy provided by a registered dietitian who is experienced in the management of diabetes is clinically effective(1).
- Improve quality of life by helping people with diabetes understand what they can eat in order to self-manage their diabetes
- Work with patients in both one to one and group settings
- Engage in activities with outside stakeholders including Diabetes UK
- Ensure people with diabetes receive evidence based advice in a language and format they can understand
- Help to prevent the complications of diabetes
- Are cost effective when people lose weight and reduce medication after taking on advice.
What is a dietitian?
A registered dietitian is a qualified health professional who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems on both an individual and wider public health level. The title dietitian can only be used by those who have registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), are appropriately trained and whose details are available on the HCPC website.
Dietitians are statutorily regulated, with a protected title and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. The spectrum of environments in which dietitians practise is broad and includes the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and national and local government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government to local communities and individuals.
Information sourced from https://www.bda.uk.com/