Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level.
Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition to improve health and treat diseases/conditions by educating and giving practical, personalised advice to clients, patients, carers and colleagues.
They use recognised methodologies to critically appraise the evidence base which includes all forms of evidence and research to inform their advice during consultations.
Dietitians often work in hospitals and gain many years of experience providing nutritional support for malnourished, elderly or frail patients before specialising in a particular field.
Dietitians may specialise in areas such as gastroenterology focusing on improving the gut health of patients with a digestive disorder such as Crohn's Disease or Coeliac Disease. These conditions can stop your body absorbing food and nutrients properly and dietitians play a vital role in ensuring you remain nourished.
A Dietitian will help you understand the right food for you, taking your condition and preferences into account. Dietitians are experts in the nutritional management of conditions such as weight loss or diabetes and can advise you on diet to help manage symptoms. More information on other specialist areas Dietitians work in can be found on The British Dietetic Association website.