A dietician is an expert in in nutrition and regulation of diet who have completed specific educational credentials and other professional requirements. The term “nutritionist” is also widely used; however, the terms “dietician” and “nutritionist” should not be considered the same as the training, regulation and scope of practice of the two titles can be very different. A dietician regulates the patient’s nutrition based on their individual needs be it a medical condition or to assess, diagnose and treat nutritional problems. They also help improve and develop enteral and parenteral regimens for newborns; provide nutrition and health advises for infants, children, adolescents and adults.
Their scope of work includes treatment and prevention of disease in the form of medical nutrition therapy and diet regulation. A dietician supervises and develops modified diets to educate individuals on good nutritional habits. Their goal is to provide medical nutritional intervention to address a patient’s medical issues involving dietary intake is a major part of dietetics.
A dietician may also provide specialist services for patients suffering from Diabetes, Obesity, Oncology, Osteoporosis, Paediatrics and Renal Diseases to name a few.
What is Dietetics or Nutrition Science:
Nutrition science focuses largely on dietary concerns and health issues surrounding food, eating, and medicine. It’s a multi-faceted field that is rooted in chemistry, biology, and the social sciences, with many areas of specialization. Nutrition science also includes the study of behaviors and social factors related to food choices.
Nutrition science is also a broad field with many areas of specialization. These areas include food and wellness, community nutrition, exercise science, and nutrition education.
Why see a dietitian:
Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. A dietitian can advise you on what to eat to lead a healthy lifestyle, how to manage a medical condition you have such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure or heart disease, etc. or how to achieve a specific health-related goal.