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How important is nutrition to patients?
The links between nutrition and health are increasingly well known, and the risk of developing many diseases, particularly chronic diseases, can be reduced by following an appropriate diet.
Numerous studies have shown the impact of nutritional factors on the occurrence of certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, osteoporosis, or metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes or hypercholesterolemia. Today, new studies suggest the existence of links between nutrition and certain autoimmune inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as well as allergies, depression, sleep disorders, cognitive decline and many others.
Having a sufficient, balanced and diversified diet is therefore essential to prevent the onset of certain diseases, but in sick people, nutrition is also of particular interest since it helps maintain the patient's health and avoid potential complications.
For who is health nutrition?
Obviously, eating well is essential for everyone. However, certain pathologies require more specific nutritional monitoring.
Proper nutrition is an integral part of your cancer care. Indeed, cancer, its treatments and their side effects can have consequences on your diet, and more particularly on your nutritional status. It is therefore important that you receive nutritional support in order to prevent, detect or treat the risk of undernutrition or overweight and thus limit the consequences on your health.
In the prevention and treatment of your diabetes, diet plays an important role, along with physical activity and medication.
The nutritional balance provided to the body allows a stabilization of weight, a reduction of the risks of metabolic complications and a better quality of life. This implies a lifestyle applicable to the whole family in order to encourage the perpetuation of it in the daily life of the diabetic.
IBD refers to Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). These pathologies are characterized by alternating periods of flare-ups (inflammation) and periods of calm (remission).
During remission, there is no need to avoid certain foods more than others. However, in the acute pain phase, the goal of the diet is to limit irritation of the digestive tract and to maintain an optimal nutrient intake.
The number of this type of disease has not stopped growing since the 1970s: according to Inserm, there are currently about 80 autoimmune diseases (lupus, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis...).
It seems that the anti-inﬂammatory effects of certain foods may act on our immune system. So a proper diet is worthwhile to limit the impact of these malaies. But even more important for people with autoimmune disease is vitamin D, which is essential for immune system function.
Our tips for living better with your disease
Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are recognized as key factors in building and maintaining health and well-being. To live better with your disease and maintain your health as long as possible, we advise you to:
- Avoid tobacco and alcoholic beverages
- Stay hydrated
- Get regular physical activity
- Get enough sleep
- Reduce stress
What is included in a nutrition consultation for health at Turó Park Dental & Medical Center?
- First free consultation by video consultation: during this first appointment, our nutritionist will take the time to understand your needs and your personal situation in order to propose a personalised programme that meets your expectations.
- Delivery of the personalised programme: you will receive your programme and action plan by email and will benefit from a consultation to ask your questions and discuss with your nutritionist.
- Regular follow-up: you will then benefit from a personalised follow-up for 3 months, with regular consultations.
- Review: 6 months after the start of your programme, you will be able to consult your nutritionist again to ensure that your results are sustainable.