By Jyoti , Chandigarh : “Dietetics in practice” a handbook is conceived as a source of information about various diseases in concise form for Nutritionists, Dieticians, nurses and other health care professionals in various disciplines. In addition to these, students at all levels pursuing studies in Graduate and Post graduate courses in Dietetics and nutrition and have interest in medical nutrition therapy can also be benefited. The ever changing health care environment necessitates that dieticians efficiently and effectively maintain their high level of practical skills.
This handbook is not meant to be used as a text book of nutrition and dietetics, but is advised to be used as a quick reference to get workable knowledge and emphasize its importance in patient care. Notable features of this user friendly handbook include, an extensive array of clinical conditions that are dealt in dietetic practice including normal and clinical situations. This book will help to give a practical knowledge of dietetics starting with chapter on abbreviations of Medical terms, emphasis on brief description of diseases, and their symptoms. Also chapter on ‘various tests and procedures’ will give information on the normal values for tests required and procedures will help to guide what exactly the test is, to undergo in the diagnosis of common systemic diseases, where nutrition is of importance in reducing mortality and easy recovery, have all been explained for easy understanding of the readers. This handbook also contains chapters on food guide pyramid and various food exchange lists, which will help the users to easily calculate the nutrient intake of patients in outdoor setting as well as while taking bedside rounds.
Food guide Pyramid also explains how many servings of a particular food group is to be taken for a healthy life and exchange lists will help to exchange one food with another providing with the same number of calories. Total protein and caloric requirements of normal persons and patients can also be assessed by referring to chapter on estimation of caloric requirements. The resident doctors and students will be able to calculate the fluid and nutrient requirements of patients on liquid as well as Ryle’s tube feeding from chapter on enteral nutrition. The book is also helpful for anyone interested in general awareness regarding various lifestyle diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension and Cardiovascular diseases and provides information on the risk factors, complications involved and type of diet to be taken in these diseases. E.g. DASH diet for hypertension will guide the readers to make necessary changes in the diet plan in lowering the blood pressure. Chapter on obesity will help to calculate body mass index (BMI) and Waist/Hip Ratio (WHR) and management of these has also been included.
Chapter on fiber explains its sources and beneficial effects of fiber in the above mentioned diseases. Brief discussion on diet in various renal, gastrointestinal and liver disorders and surgical nutrition has also been discussed. Nutrition issues for various types of cancer, diet therapy for HIV/AIDS patients and nutrition in trauma, burns and critically ill patients will help the residents and other students as nutrition plays an important role in all these diseases. Lastly, this book can be used as a quick reference guide for Dieticians, students of Nutrition, dietetics, nursing, resident doctors and other health care professionals who have interest in medical nutrition therapy. Sunita Malhotra is a registered Dietician and is working as Dietician in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & research, Chandigarh, India.
She has an experience of more than 25 years in the field of Dietetics. She has also co-authored a booklet “Dietetics for You” for the dietetic interns, nurses as well as resident doctors. She has received the “A.N. Radha award” in the 39th National conference of Indian Dietetics Association (IDA) 2007, Nagpur. She is also the recipient of “Young Investigator Award” in the 16th World Congress of Clinical Nutrition (WCCN) and 6th International Conference of Cardiovascular diseases (ICCD) 2011, New Delhi. She is an active life member of various societies like the Indian Dietetics association, Indian Society for Enteral and Parenteral nutrition (ISPEN), Diabetic Self Care Foundation and National executive member of Nutrition Society of India (NSI) and joint secretary of IDA, Chandigarh chapter.