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Dietician

Did you know that eating healthily boosts the immune system and can help combat depression and stress? A dietician can offer practical guidance to help you make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. Dieticians base their advice on the the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease.

The Bloomsbury Clinic has a resident Dietician. You can be referred by your clinician or one of the nurses.

The Food Chain

Alternatively, the patient representatives can also refer you to The Food Chain – an external charitable organisation which can offer you nutritional advice, meal planning and cookery lessons.

  • “Having a healthy, balanced diet is important for us all, but it is particularly important for people living with HIV.
  • Antiretroviral drugs can control HIV infection, but without good food and nutrients, the immune system cannot rebuild itself or protect itself from infections, weight loss and muscle wasting.
  • Appropriate nutrition can help the absorption and effectiveness of medication, can assist with adherence to medication and can help to counteract the side effects of some medications.
  • Food can be used as a tool to help better manage a person’s long-term health and improve their quality of life.”

http://www.foodchain.org.uk/

 

What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist?

The British Dieticians Association explains:

“Dieticians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.

They work with both healthy and sick people. Dieticians are trained (minimum requirement is a BSc in dietetics) , are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dieticians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing and government. Dieticians advise and influence food and health policy across the spectrum from government, to local communities and individuals”

There is lots of useful information on their website: https://www.bda.uk.com/

To check whether a dietician is registered:  www.hcpc-uk.org

Nutritionists

Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist ….. so only use one that is registered with the Association for Nutrition. It is not a legal requirement for a nutritionist to be registered and therefore they may not meet the AfN’s recognised standards and competencies of knowledge or professionalism.

To check whether a nutritionist is registered: www.associationfornutrition.org/Default.aspx?tabid=92

Beware. You may see someone on TV or online describing themselves as a nutritionist and trying to sell you expensive nutritional supplements. Beware: these supplements may do you more harm than good. Some supplements can have a negative impact on your HIV medication and on your health.

Before taking any supplements check with your clinician, the patient representatives or with Pharmacy: 020 3317 5255

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