Dietitians are qualified and regulated healthcare professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.
A Dietitian interprets nutritional science to improve health and treat diseases and medical 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 dietetic practice 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.
They may specialise in areas such as gastroenterology focusing on improving the gut health of patients with a digestive disorder such as Crohn's Disease, food intolerance, 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.
They are experts in the nutritional management of medical conditions such as food allergy, weight loss, bariatrics or type 2 diabetes and can advise you on diet to help manage symptoms.
More information on dietetics other specialist areas Dietitians work in can be found on The British Dietetic Association website.