Medical director: Doc. Cinchini Elisabetta
Dietology is the branch of medicine that deals with prescribing food regimes defined by quantity and quality, for therapeutic or preventive purposes. Specifically, it is a branch of Nutrition Science that studies the effects of food on the body's metabolic processes. The dietician diagnoses, prescribes drugs and formulates diets suitable for the individual patient.
At the Quisisana accredited private hospital, it is possible to book your dietary visit in Ferrara and thus begin your diet, specially designed for your constitution and for your situation (pathological or not).
The dietary visit at Quisisana, for a fee and not affiliated with the National Health System, is carried out by Dr. Nadia Bergamini. It takes place within an excellent structure, with a centuries-old history and characterized by a high degree of selectivity in the choice of its specialists.
If the patient is overweight or obese, the purpose of the dietary visit and subsequent therapy is to reduce the cardiovascular risk. The dietician will provide dietary recommendations aimed at weight loss, also in consideration of the existence or otherwise of other pathologies/conditions (diabetes, hypertension, liver or kidney failure). The specialist provides the cancer patient with diets aimed at avoiding nutritional deficiencies that could make it even more difficult for him to tolerate chemotherapy and radiotherapy. For patients with nutritional deficiencies, he draws up personalized diet plans and eventually prescribes supplements to make up for the lack or scarcity of nutrients.
Whatever one's goal, and whatever one's condition (pathological or not), the first dietary visit performs a fundamental function. The diet is in fact customized to the patient's tastes, so as to avoid excessive deprivation or sacrifices that could be counterproductive.
During the dietary visit in Ferrara, Dr. Nadia Bergamini begins with the physiological, pathological and family anamnesis. Subsequently, she weighs and measures the patient, inquiring about the weight trend: past weight loss, sudden weight gains, spontaneous fluctuations or due to certain pathologies. She then inquires about his way of eating, his eating habits and favorite foods. Then, she calculates the body mass index (BMI) and measures the waist in case of overweight and obesity or the arm in case of evident underweight.
Generally the tests that the dietician doctor asks for are normal blood tests. However, she can sometimes prescribe more in-depth investigations: gastroscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound of the abdomen.
To prepare for follow-up visits, the patient must keep a food diary to keep track of what he has eaten and educate himself on the food point of view. The frequency of checks is established on the basis of the patient, as well as the diet and the goal (or objectives) to be achieved.