CHRONIC CONDITIONS

 
 
 
 

HEART DISEASE

Heart disease is a collective term for a range of conditions affecting the heart and its blood vessels. Heart conditions include coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and vein diseases. 

 

There is a strong link between diet and heart disease risk. Some risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes management outside of the recommended range

  • High blood cholesterol or triglycerides 

  • Family history of heart disease

  • Stress

  • High alcohol consumption and habitual smoking

  • Overweight and obesity

  • A diet high in unhealthy fat and added sugar

  • Physical inactivity

  • Low fruit and vegetable consumption

 

Our dietitians work with principles of gentle nutrition to help you manage your chronic heart conditions to optimise your health and increase your quality of life and longevity. We will collect a detailed assessment to be able to tailor specific strategies for you.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when blood vessels become less flexible, which causes a build-up of pressure. The heart has to work hard to pump blood around the body against this extra pressure, which can then increase risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Many people with high blood pressure have no symptoms so it is important to have blood pressure checked regularly. 

 

High blood pressure can be improved through addressing lifestyle factors including diet, physical activity, alcohol intake and smoking. Managing blood glucose levels when you have diabetes is also an important piece to the puzzle. Our Dietitians take a holistic approach to work with you to address these factors in an evidence based and weight neutral approach.

It is important to have your blood pressure monitored before embarking on these lifestyle changes.

FATTY LIVER

Have you recently been advised by your GP that you have a "fatty liver" and aren't sure how to manage it? Fatty liver can, in many cases, be managed through lifestyle changes and it is possible to slow the progression of the disease or reverse the damage. 

 Our dietitians can: 

  • Discuss specific dietary patterns, foods, and nutrients to help to reduce the severity of your liver disease or slow its progression

  • Assist with understanding food labels, adapting recipes and planning meals to work in with your schedule

  • Help you understand the biochemistry behind the liver disease and what your blood tests mean, then how you can impact on them with changes to diet and lifestyle

  • Discuss strategies to assist with managing symptoms if your condition has progressed to liver cirrhosis, including understanding and adapting your salt and fluid needs

  • Discuss the link between weight and liver disease and how can improve your health regardless of the number on the scale

  • Answer any questions you may have about your condition

 

If you would like to better understand the link between nutrition, weight and your liver, please contact our team today to organise an appointment with one of our highly skilled dietitians.

DIABETES & INSULIN RESISTANCE

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a condition in which the body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't effectively use the insulin it does make. People with diabetes should aim to achieve blood glucose levels as near as possible to the normal range in order to avoid short and long term diabetes complications.

Good diabetes management can help reduce the risk of complications such as:

  • Heart and kidney disease

  • Stroke

  • Foot and eye problems

  • Circulation problems.

Individual blood glucose targets should be discussed with your diabetes health team. Our Dietitians will considered your personal health, lifestyle, and activity level to provide you with an individual and tailored dietary plan to empower you to self-manage your diabetes.

NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

Neurological conditions is an umbrella term that includes a range of different diagnoses including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and stroke.

There are many ways that neurological conditions can impact on nutritional status, and similarly many influences that diet and nutrition can have on the management of these conditions.

Our dietitians can:

  • Support with understanding the link between nutrition and MS and the evidence-based diets that may assist with managing symptoms and disease progression

  • Information on individual nutrients that you may require and their role in maximising health

  • Recommend supplements that may be relevant to you and your symptoms

  • Educate and support with meal planning to save time and money, tips for recipe adaption, and portion suggestions

  • Strategies for managing your nutrition, including when fatigue, pain or depression strikes and make it challenging to shop, cook and eat

  • Strategies for making the most of your food budget and pantry

  • Answers to any questions you may have around your neurological condition and diet

Our specialised Dietitians can work with you, informed by the latest evidence base, to improve your quality of life and symptom management.