How To Become a Dietitian in Australia

So, You Want to Become a Dietitian? Here’s what To Expect at Uni, Getting Accredited and Beyond Updated March 2022 So, you think you want to become a dietitian?! This blog is a crash course for any aspiring dietitians that are currently in high school, prospective mature-aged students and anyone in between who is looking […]

How To Optimize Warfarin Nutrition Strategies

Strategies Dietitians Can Implement to Optimise Warfarin Therapy We all know of warfarin as our blood-thinning medication, but how many of us know the specific nutrition considerations when it comes to treating clients who are taking warfarin? Warfarin’s anticoagulant capacity is used in the treatment of thromboembolic events including atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary […]

Low Down on Diets for Type 2 Diabetes

As dietitians, we can play a significant role in helping those with newly diagnosed Diabetes as well as those who have had the condition for many years. Given the progressive nature of the condition, we must remain a key part of the client’s ongoing care so we can provide optimal management. Whilst there is not […]

Differentiating Between Food Allergies and Intolerances to Inform Nutrition Therapy

Whilst the clinical presentations between food allergies and intolerances are similar, we as dietitians must be able to correctly distinguish between the two, as they require contrasting diagnostic confirmation and therapy. To begin, let us first familiarise ourselves with the symptoms of each. The main confusion lies between accurately differentiating between mild allergic reactions and […]

Research Topic: Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements for Bone Health

Should Dietitians Be Recommending Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements to Optimise Bone Health? It is well established that calcium is one of the fundamental minerals making up the bone matrix. Thus, it is important we are ensuring that our clients are consuming adequate dietary calcium to counteract natural calcium losses and bone turnover. If this […]

Research Topic: The Cardio-Protective Benefits of Glucose-Lowering Agents

Glucose-Lowering Agents

As dietitians, it is important that we are aware of what medication our clients are on and how the medication functions in order to advocate for reviews of treatment as required. This is particularly important due to the progressive nature of chronic health diseases and the presence of associated co-morbidities. For this research topic, we are […]

Research Topic: Nutrient Deficiencies in those with Coeliac Disease

coeliac disease

Kreutz et al (2020), ‘Narrative Review: Nutrient Deficiencies in Adults and Children with Treated and Untreated Celiac Disease’, Nutrients, 12(2): 500 A new review article has been published this year examining the common nutrient deficiencies present upon diagnosis with coeliac disease and those persisting at follow up after commencement of a gluten-free diet.  Nutrient deficiencies […]

Research Topic: NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis)

NEAT

There is no arguing that we, as dietitians, value the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. By doing so, we can minimise our clients’ risk of chronic health disease onset. Stemming from this, however, is the question of whether we place as much value on Non-Exercise Activity […]

New Study Uncovers How a High-Fat Diet Drives Colorectal Cancer Growth

A new study suggests that high-fat diets fuel colorectal cancer growth by upsetting the balance of bile acids in the intestine and triggering a hormonal signal that lets potentially cancerous cells thrive. The findings could explain why colorectal cancer, which can take decades to develop, is being seen in younger people growing up at a […]

Body Mass Index (BMI) Linked to Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

New research published in the journal EBio-Medicine has linked body mass index to the progression of multiple sclerosis. The longitudinal investigation, conducted by researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York’s Neuroscience Initiative in collaboration with clinicians at the Icahn School of Medicine at […]

The Link Between Food and Cognitive Health (Alzheimer’s Disease)

Alzheimer's Disease

A recent study from Iowa State University has shown that the food you eat can impact your memory and subsequent risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Individuals with high levels of the satiety hormone CCK had a 65% decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease! Further research is being conducted into how diet effects CCK and other satiety hormone […]

Study Links Excessive Alcohol Consumption to Changes in Genetic Profile

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol consumption has been a fixture in human society for thousands of years, however the long-term effect of alcohol on the human body has only recently begun to be exposed. Professor Dipak Sarkar, of Rutgers University, authored a study on the genes linked to the control of drinking behaviour in partnership with the Yale School […]

Study Links Healthy Eating to Decreased Risk of Cardiovascular Death

Cardiovascular

A recent study has found that, out of all cardiovascular deaths in Europe over the last ten years, almost half (49%) could have been prevented with better nutrition! This just reiterates what us Dietitians have been saying for years – let food be thy medicine! When it comes to good nutrition for heart health, we […]

New Study Reveals Public Confusion Between Allergies and Food Intolerance

Food Intolerance

A recent survey has estimated 1 in 10 adults have a food allergy, but twice as many (1 in 5) think they do. When asked about their symptoms, many people were actually describing a possible food intolerance, rather than a true allergy. The public’s confusion between a food allergy vs. intolerance has heightened in recent […]

Gratitude Linked to Healthier Eating in New Study

New research in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology has discovered that gratitude can lead to healthier eating habits. The Study In the study, researchers split up 1,017 ninth- and tenth-grade students into four groups. Each group spent five minutes per week, over the course of a month, writing a gracious letter to someone who […]

Lyrica Linked to Depression and Suicides

Depression

The sinister side-effects of prescription medications. Lyrica is used widely in populations with simple neural pain such a sciatica to the complex needs of clients with peripheral neuropathy. A new study shows that Lyrica is linked to depression and suicides. Once considered a safer alternative to Opioids for pain relief, it has now come to […]

High Salt Diet may Kill off Good Gut Bacteria

High Salt

New data suggests that high salt consumption may prove fatal to certain gut bacteria, and that this could contribute to high blood pressure and diseases affecting the immune system. But how does salt upset our body’s delicate balance? Scientists are already aware of a link between high blood pressure and a diet high in salt, […]

Exercise and Diet Apps Shown to Improve Youth Health

Youth Health

With concerns of digital technology harming youth health, a new study from the University of Birmingham says that mobile applications focused on exercise, diet and wellness promote their overall well-being and act as effective learning tools. The Study The study showed that young people are “critical participants” of digital health technologies and are able to judge […]

Wholegrains Shown to be Superior to Refined Grains

Wholegrains

If you choose to eat grains, then here’s some really interesting research showing yet another benefit of why you should be eating wholegrains over refined grains. NOTE: there is no law that says you have to – only guidelines! The positive link with wholegrains and weight regulation is likely from the fibre and is a […]

Pregnancy Nutrition: Impact of Nutrition on Development of Babies

Pregnancy Nutrition

According to new research, women hoping to conceive should follow a healthy diet for years in preparation. Apparently, pregnancy nutrition has shown to impact the development of babies. A new study led by researchers at The University College of London has revealed the importance of a healthy and consistent diet when it comes to motherhood. […]

High Protein Diet Shown to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's

High-protein diets rich in fish, meat and nuts may help to stave off Alzheimer’s disease later in life, new research from Edith Cowan University suggests. The study found a link between high protein intake and lower levels of dangerous protein in the brain, but more research is needed to better understand what is behind this […]

Why Personal Trainers Shouldn’t Give Nutrition Advice

Qualified fitness trainers certainly know how to do a workout correctly, but do they know what we should be eating? Should they be giving nutrition advice? You don’t have to go too deep into social media to find a personal trainer offering both fitness programs AND “Personalised Diet Plans” – sounds like a winning combo, […]

Diabetes Management Improved by Weekly Nutrition Education

Diabetes Management

New research points to nutritional education and dietary changes as best for Diabetes management, rather than just prescription medication according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine held free nutrition classes in their offices after working hours for groups of […]

Chromium Supplementation May Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Everybody wants a quick fix with nutrition. These easy options rarely exist, but in terms of managing or reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, chromium supplementation may be an option that provides benefits without taking much willpower. A review of 25 RCTs found that on average, Chromium supplementation reduced HbA1C by 0.55% and fasting […]

The Link Between Macular Degeneration and Diet

According to new research from the Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, a poor diet has been placed amongst smoking, age and family history as the main risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). According to an ophthalmologist at Krieger Eye Institute, patients who eat high-fat, high-cholesterol diets have a higher risk of developing macular […]

Fatty Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Heart Disease

According to a new study published in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, consuming fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring, up to four times a week may help increase the amount of good cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. The Study For the study, around 100 men and women […]

Parkinson’s Disease may be Prevented by Eating Fish

Parkinson's Disease

A new study from Chalmers University of Technology has revealed a surprising link between a protein found in fish (β-parvalbumin) and the prevention of Parkinson’s disease. The protein, β-parvalbumin, which is interestingly also a common allergen found in fish, has been shown to prevent the formation of toxic fibres throughout the human body which contribute to […]

Could Vitamin D Supplements Treat IBS?

An interesting new review has come out demonstrating that people with IBS are likely to be deficient in vitamin D! There is also evidence to suggest that supplementation with vitamin D may significantly reduce the symptoms in those who were deficient. The sample sizes available were too small for this to be 100% conclusive, however […]

Omega-3 Supplementation Effectiveness Questioned by New Study

“There is evidence that taking omega-3 capsules does not reduce heart disease, stroke or death.”⠀ ⠀ These findings will throw a spanner into the nutrition world. ⠀ ⠀ As you will find however, it does not show that it will worsen the effect either. So people don’t necessarily have to stop. But like many other […]