Personal FAQ

How often do I need to attend the centre?

Depending on a client’s health needs, visits can be in the form of a short programme with, say, a series of 6 over a three to six months period, or on-going with monthly or other regular attendance, as recommended by the consultant Dietitian. For instance, a patient with diabetes may wish to make periodic visits for life.

The first visit includes a full nutritional assessment with follow up appointments designed to include continued monitoring. The cost for first visit is €100 and each visit thereafter €50.

My father has recently been diagnosed with heart disease. As this is hereditary could you provide information on how to prevent this happening to me?

It is well documented that poor dietary habits throughout our lives predispose us to heart disease. A look at your current dietary habits along with an analysis of your body composition will provide us with necessary information to evaluate the risk of this happening to you. You will also be provided with a dietary booklet specifically tailored to your needs along with some healthy heart tips.

I’m allergic to dairy produce and am concerned about developing osteoporosis.

Although dairy produce are a rich source of calcium there are other excellent sources. By analysing your current diet we could look at ways of including other calcium rich foods into your daily intake.

I’ve noticed my 10 year old son gaining weight and am not sure how to approach this problem.

Sensitivity is required when approaching weight control in children and teens. Here at the centre we ensure a balanced nutritional intake whilst controlling weight gain and feel that it is important to educate the child about healthier food choices.

I’m going through the menopause and feel like I am gaining weight. I’ve heard that diet can affect menopausal symptoms. Is that true?

Some research shows that diet can affect menopausal symptoms. There are compounds in foods called phytonutrients that are thought to have beneficial properties and help prevent certain cancers and heart disease and some believe menopausal symptoms. The most important thing with diet is balance and through analysing your diet we can ensure adequate vitamin and minerals, include phytonutrient rich foods and help you keep your weight within the healthy range.

I’ve recently just completed treatment for breast cancer. Can you advise me what to eat to help rebuild my immune system?

It is thought that up to 40% of western cancers are linked to diet, obesity is also a well documented risk factor. Changes in diet can help reduce the risk of certain cancers including breast, prostate, gut related cancers and skin cancer. Through evaluating your current diet we can develop a longterm healthy plan that includes lots of phytonutrient rich foods and ensures nutritional balance.

I’m a vegetarian and I think my diet is healthy but recently my doctor told me my iron levels are low. Can you help?

Of course, we can look at including iron rich vegetarian foods in your diet and ensure that the overall diet is balanced. We would also look at your vitamin C intake which helps the body absorb iron. By following a balanced vegetarian regime your iron levels should improve.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to attend the centre?

No, anyone can self refer to see a dietitian as you would a physiotherapist or dentist.

I’m generally healthy but want to loose a little bit of weight. Is that something you can help me with?

Of course, the information provided by our segmental body composition analyser will give us an essential insight into your general well-being and health status. Then we can look at your diet and devise a balanced nutritional plan to encourage weight loss. We can go through some healthy recipe and meal ideas and create a plan to suit your lifestyle.

Can I purchase a voucher for the centre?

Yes you can. Vouchers can be purchased here at the centre or via telephone or email and we can post one out to you. All vouchers are valid for 6 months. Please ensure you redeem the voucher in good time to avoid disappointment as we can sometimes book out in a few weeks in advance.