Why is nutrition important?
Nutrition plays a vital role in providing our bodies with the energy it needs to cope with day to day living. Without a balanced diet, our bodies go into disharmony and can lead to certain lifestyle diseases (otherwise known as non-communicable diseases).
In recent times, people suffering from chronic lifestyle diseases have increased. These diseases are caused by a prolonged period of little physical activity and an unhealthy diet, often high in saturated fat and low in fibre. Lifestyle diseases include but are not limited to: type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity and some cancers. Unfortunately, the number of premature deaths related to lifestyle disease is also on the rise.
For athletes, nutrition is a key element for performance. It’s all about balance. If you are not providing your body with adequate nutrition from quality food sources this can lead to fatigue, injuries and poor performance.
To help improve your diet, book an appointment with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).
What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
An APD is university trained (minimum of 4 years) and qualified to provide individualised medical nutrition advice. They have participated in a minimum of 20 weeks supervised training and are regulated by their governing body, the Dietitians Association of Australia. Using up to date evidence, an APD can formulate a personalised plan that suits your lifestyle and needs.
Who should see an APD?
Anyone can see an APD, whether it is to manage a medically diagnosed disease such as diabetes or simply to get some tips on how to eat a more balanced diet. Everyone has different nutritional needs and therefore, the advice you receive will be tailored to your lifestyle.
APDs can assist with the management of:
- High cholesterol
- Gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome and coeliac disease
- Weight loss/management
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Healthy eating
- Iron deficiency anaemia
Is it covered by health insurance?
Yes, it is. However it is best to check with your health fund prior to the appointment to ensure you have the appropriate amount of cover.