A healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve general health. A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: adequate fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. Thus, Dieticians here in Metro Hospital work to promote good health by translating this scientific nutrition information into practical advice. Hence, helps you make the right decision about what to eat.
Nutrition & Dietetics Department:
The aim of the Nutrition and Dietetic service is to:
• Offer effective dietetic treatment for people with nutrition related diseases.
• Provide high-quality dietetic services to the IPD patients.
• Use evidence based practice to ensure effective treatments.
• Work to the highest professional standards.
• Educate & counsel patients regarding their specific dietary requirements during the hospital stay and for managing at home.
• Coordinate with the pharmacy to plan & ensure all IPD & OPD patients can afford & have access to the enteral feeds & supplementation.
Our Dietitians help people of all ages, genders, nationalities and financial circumstances. One might want more energy, to prevent or recover from illness, to ensure you have a healthy baby, to lose weight, gain weight or cope with an allergy or intolerance, or just grow old gracefully – Our dietitian helps anyone. She provides you with a diet prescription educate you and help you decide which foods are right for you now and in the future. They also offer support and motivation when you need it.
Our Dietetic Deptt has a team of full time highly qualified nutritionists. All of them are registered members of Indian Dietetic Association. They also have been certified as Diabetes Educators by International Diabetics Federation.
The main areas of dietetic intervention include the provision of:
• Nutrition support to those patients who are unable to meet their nutritional requirements.
• Therapeutic diets to those people who have conditions that benefit from special diets. Eating more of certain foods or avoiding others may help to control symptoms.
Therapeutic diets and Nutritional care are planned, administered and evaluated by our team of dietitians as prescribed by the attending physician. All efforts are made to cater to individualized nutritional requirement, food preference and personal preferences of the individuals we served. The Dietitians work closely with the Catering Team to ensure that appropriate & hygienically prepared food is provided to all patients requiring dietetic input.
o Nutrition on Diabetic (Uncontrolled Blood Sugar)
o Nutrition on Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
o Nutrition for Hypercholesterolemia (High Blood Cholesterol) & other Cardiac complications
o Nutrition for Kidney & Liver Disorders
o Nutrition in Cancer Management
o Weight Management: Overweight/Obesity/Underweight. Post bariatric diets.
o Critical Care Nutrition-Ryle’s tube feeds/PEG feeds.
o Nutrition for Healthy Pregnancy, Gynecological disorders (PCOS)
o Nutrition for healthy childhood
o Nutrition for Pre/ Post Surgery
o Sports Nutrition
o Other related nutrition diseases like Gout, Eating disorders
External public education professional services:
o Nutrition talks/seminar
o Media related activities: nutrition articles, interviews
The department of dietetics is running an internship program and provides internship training throughout the year. There are types of internship programs:
• Internship Training as a part of under graduation.
• Internship Training as a part of post graduation
• Short term Attachment training for six month.
Heart disease is one of the foremost causes of death in the world. The most significant way that you could prevent a heart attack is to change your lifestyle. The 3 most vital areas to change are to improve your nutrition, increase your exercise and quit smoking. Improvements in these three areas could lessen your chances of a heart attack and increase your chances of a long and healthy life. Start making some adjustments in your life to achieve long-term benefits for your heart health. It’s not that hard. Following are some few healthy heart tips.
1) Achieve and maintain a HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT – being overweight, in particular carrying excessive weight around the middle, increases the risk of heart disease. To achieve a healthy body weight, focus on eating more fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein rather than processed foods high in Trans fat and sugar.
2) Eat AT LEAST 5 portions of FRUIT AND VEGETABLES a day – fruit and vegetables provides our bodies with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and soluble fiber which keeps our bodies (and hearts!) healthy.
3) Choose LEAN MEAT, VEGETARIAN PROTEIN SOURCES & WHOLE-GRAINS which are an excellent source of both protein and soluble fiber, which helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
4) Eat LESS SALT & LESS SUGAR – Consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure. Around 75% of the salt that we eat is already in foods so make sure to avoid, or eat fewer of foods containing more salt Too much sugar can lead to high triglycerides (a bad type of fat in our blood vessels) which is why you should reduce concentrated forms of sugar e.g. fruit juice, sugary drinks, biscuits and cake – have no more than a small glass of fresh fruit juice a day (the whole fruit is much better for you!).
5) Monitor your Alcohol Intake- Not only is alcohol laden with calories it doesn’t provide much in the way of nutrients. Excess alcohol could harm the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and also lead to weight gain. Binge drinking would increase your risk of having a heart attack so you must aim to restrict your intake.
6) Keep ACTIVE & DE-STRESS – Being active will keep your heart muscle healthy and it also helps to increase the levels of good cholesterol in our bodies. Regular physical activity can help you maintain your weight, keep off weight that you lose and help you reach physical and cardiovascular fitness. Walking is a great way of relieving stress and it counts towards the recommended levels of activity too. If you ever feel under pressure take a step back and do something relaxing – your blood pressure will thank you for it! Common activities like swimming, cycling, jogging, walking and many other activities can also support your heart health. At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week has been demonstrated to reduce the risk of heart disease. Best is at least 30 minutes every day.
7) Stop SMOKING – Smoking is one of the leading causes of heart disease however if you give up then your risk of a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker after just one year.
Prevention is always better than cure so you must work hard to keep your heart healthy. Ensure to follow the above healthy heart tips and keep four heart fit by a regulated intake of food and adequate physical exercise.
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