Welcome to the site
I’m Mark, a diabetes specialist dietitian. I work in both the NHS and privately, supporting patients suffering with diabetes. I do this both in the hospital and throughout the wider community.
This means I work as part of a multidisciplinary team. This includes our consultant doctors, consultant pharmacist, diabetes specialist nurses and also my dietitian colleagues.
My main role varies between educating patients about diabetes – particularly the dietary implications of the disease – and helping to optimise my patient’s diabetes management plans. I see patients suffering with all types of diabetes including Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Gestational and MODY.
The reason I have started this blog is because having spoken with countless patients, it is clear many want more support. Therefore, I want to provide a professional outlet for those needing further support.
Although both the hospital and community services I work as part of provide an excellent service in my opinion, unfortunately, there are only so many patients we can see. This also means it is often those who are in most need of assistance that gain access to our services. This leaves many patients who aren’t necessarily poorly controlled but in need of support, left to their own devices. This often results in a maximum of one to two appointments per year at their GP surgery. Therefore, the vast majority of the time they are left on their own.
This blog aims to provide unbiased, evidence based information, to help those suffering with diabetes to educate themselves and control their condition more effectively.
The difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist
The only accredited nutritionists in the Uk are dietitians. To qualify as a dietitian, you must have completed as a minimum, a bachelor of science degree in nutrition & dietetics. The term dietitian is protected and can only be used by accredited practitioners.
As a dietitian I adhere to the Health and Care Professions Code of ethics. This means I am monitored and accountable for my practice. This means my clients and patients must be at the centre of what I do and I must never make recommendations for personal gain.
Although there are some very good nutritionists in practice, there are no mandatory qualifications one must gain to practice as a nutritionist. This leaves nutritionists ranging from Phd level graduates to people with no qualifications at all. This leads to a wide berth in the qualifications of individuals claiming to be dietary experts.
Dietitians also focus on the overall picture of your diet. We therefore are able to assess whether you are meeting your daily requirement for all your macro and micronutrients. We do not just focus on one element of health such as weight loss or carbohydrates.
Therefore, it is always wise to scrutinise the individual you are seeking help from. Make sure they practice in a safe and educated manner. Dietitian’s only ever advise based on evidence based practice or from years of health care experience and never indulge in hear say.
I hope you enjoy the site and find something useful to help you manage your diabetes.