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Dietitians!! are they helpful

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Terryrhino, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My take on this is that its worth listening to any professional who offers you advice, even if you dont take it all on board at least listen and evaluate in what is said.

    There is lots of advice given here but I do not take it all as read, some I listen to and some I discard.

    Knowledge is power, so never give up an opportunity to learn more.
     
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  2. Terryrhino

    Terryrhino Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That make perfect sense Sid I will sit and contemplate further I think before making any decisions
     
  3. Ledzeptt

    Ledzeptt Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    I was able to see a diabetes specialist dietitian at my hospital and she was very knowledgeable and helpful. I imagine generalists will be hit/miss and may just quote standard NHS advice.
     
  4. SWUSA_

    SWUSA_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would go for the diverticulitis advise-I was diagnosed with this disease over twenty years ago-the pockets were cleaned out in the same colonoscopy that diagnosed it . I was given a course of oral antibiotics and dietary advice which I followed and I have not had any problems with it since but I continue to eat the high fiber oatmeal recommended in my dietary consultation. I was having a great deal of pain and blood in stool before the colonoscopy.

    You have to have a whole body of systems that work together-not just glucose control although that can tend to dominate your healthcare when you are diagnosed diabetic.
     
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  5. vimal.arjan

    vimal.arjan Type 2 · Member

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    I see mine every few months with my check up at the Hospital. In the main it will probably be information you know or will find online i.e less carbs, portion sizes etc.

    What I find beneficial of these sessions if when you take charge. Go in prepared with your own questions for example, I'm a crisp fanatic and they advise to cut down. So i used the session to look at alternatives snacks for crisp. The same went with ice cream what to eat as a replacement.

    My advice only go if you know what you want to get out of the session than going for their benefit.

    Hope this helps
     
  6. Triffo

    Triffo Type 2 · Active Member

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    I see the Dietition associated with the transplant clinic fairly regularly. She is very knowledgable and proactive. I acknowledge her original input as the impetus for the eventual success of following the LCHF lifestyle. She has been very supportive and taken interest in broadening her own understanding of what I am doing.
     
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  7. Gillyanne

    Gillyanne LADA · Member

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    I would take the chance and see them. They have moved on a lot. I had a really bad experience 20 years ago as a newly diagnosed Coeliac. A recent appointment to help me get more iron was extraordinary helpful. The more help you can get the better. Go for it!
     
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  8. Lancelot J

    Lancelot J Type 2 · Active Member

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    Yes! If you know which questions to ask. I went to see one and she was great - portion size (and the corresponding amount of carbs per serving size). Sample menus, a list of food (by carb content), substitute food, and a heaps of tricks and tips.
    I paid for it myself and it was money well spent.
     
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  9. mousemat

    mousemat Type 2 · Active Member

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    1. Go once - see what the dietician is like. But don't feel bad if you don't go back.

    The advantage to this is that it looks like you are 'a trier' on your medical records and doctors tend to smile at you if you are.

    2. Testing is the best way. Test after every meal for 2 months. This will show you what
    sends up your blood sugar.
    You are more likely to remain on the straight path if you see it for yourself...rather than have a dietician tell you.

    3. Look at the back of every packet, can carton etc.
    Under carbohydrate it will have a sugar figure. If it's over 10 don't eat it.
     
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  10. Madam_mim

    Madam_mim Type 2 · Newbie

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    In my experience NHS dietitians toe the party line with dietary advice but unfortunately it seems to be an outdated and outmoded approach that they take. I was told at my diabetes education course that the service had been decommissioned because the professional who used to deliver it wanted to change the course and take a low carb approach and that as this 'went against' NHS advice they had not felt able to renew her contract. The specialist nurse who delivered it said '...exercise
     
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    Madam_mim Type 2 · Newbie

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  12. Magisham

    Magisham Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My partner and I saw a dietician after he had a bypass operation. We have a letter from her saying our diet is fine as it is. When he had a kidney transplant, which is when he became diabetic, we were just given a printed sheet of dietary advice by the dietician (didn't even see her, she left it on his bed). A year later I asked if we could see a dietician. By this time I had discovered this web site and had worked out my own diet for my partner. I gave him a list of 3 columns.....eat freely, eat in moderation and avoid. I took this with me when we met with the dietician and also took a photo of my weekly shop. Her comment was "You're not a dietician are you?" She said I'd nailed it and she couldn't tell me anything different to what we were doing. So follow the advice you get from people on here and you should be okay.
     
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  13. Sarebear86

    Sarebear86 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I really think it depends on the dietician. Mine is fantastic!
     
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  14. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    I once had one hold a door open for me that was useful.
     
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    lbd Family member · Member

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    An example of Dietitians recommendation for Diabetes ....
    Note: Not "all" Dietitains follow the guidelines of their respective Governing country Organisations, nor do all Diabates Educators. But from my understanding especially with the DAA (Dietitians Association of Australia) , anyone straying from their guidelines is barred, ejected.
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    This was from Professor Tim Noakes Tweet - Typical meal plan prescribed by dietician for a diabetic includes 34tsps sugar & 329g carbs. Drastic effect on blood glucose @ProfTimNoakes
    https://twitter.com/TheNoakesF/status/803496732961239040
     
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  16. AmandaD

    AmandaD Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I see a dietitian once a year as part of my diabetes care. Basically a waste of time in my opinion, she doesn't 'approve' of my low carb lifestyle (told her I didn't need her approval), says I'm starving my brain and I should be eating at least 100g carb a day for low carb (I try to stay under 30g). I just go and nod and ignore everything she says basically. I've halved my HbA1c with low carb and my consultant is happy and my brain hasn't been starved lol
     
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  17. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Any reason why you continue to see her? I've never seen or been offered to see a dietician which I'm happy with.
     
  18. AmandaD

    AmandaD Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have to if I don't turn up I get a bollocking lol its part of our care package with the hospital. Diabetes consultant a min of every three months, eyes once a year more often if treatment is needed and dietitian once a year
     
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  19. MikeTurin

    MikeTurin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Could you ask to go to ANOTHER dietician instead? Maybe you'll get lucky... ;)
     
  20. AmandaD

    AmandaD Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    ah the one I see is lovely she is just going by the guidelines and I don't adhere to them so not much common ground between us.
     
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