The Importance of Nutrition and Dietetics on Health
Desiree Pires Martins is a qualified dietitian, registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC). She graduated from the University of Surrey in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics (Hons) and now manages her own business- Dietetic Perspective. Dietetic Perspective is an online platform which is designed to provide understandable, evidence-based nutritional information to help others achieve better health.
Desiree has experience working within the NHS where she was able to support a wide demographic of patients through tailored nutritional advice. She is also a specialist personal trainer in the area of diabetes and obesity and worked for a number of years at Virgin Active in this capacity.
Through her website, Desiree provides bespoke 1-1 nutritional consultations to clients, as well as corporate nutritional and health writing services. Desiree has a particular interest in diabetes prevention and management and is currently working remotely with digital health companies and non-profit organisations to support people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The role of a dietitian
Dietitians are qualified and regulated healthcare professionals who play an important role in the nutritional management of dietary and nutritional related health problems. They play a crucial role in helping to improve the health of others at an individual and wider public health level. Dietitians use the most up-to-date research relating to food, health and disease which they translate into practical advice, enabling people to improve their health.
Dietitians work in a variety of areas such as the NHS, food industry, public health, research, workplace, sport, and in the media. In a clinical setting, dietitians are integral members of the multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. They help to improve patient outcomes through nutrition and dietetic interventions and play an important role in treating complex clinical conditions such as malnutrition, diabetes, food allergies, eating disorders and complex bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.
As a registered dietitian, it’s great to see the work Nutritank does in promoting the importance of evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle education in medical training. By providing medical students and doctors with this type of training, we can help to bridge the gap between medicine and nutrition, which will help to improve patient outcomes and their long-term health. Whilst dietitians remain the primary nutritional healthcare professional within a clinical setting, providing nutrition and lifestyle training to medical professionals will undoubtedly help to support long-term clinical outcomes of patients.
Desiree Pires Martins, RD