Nutrition in Chronic Diseases Living with a chronic disease can be difficult. A chronic disease by definition is a condition that lasts more than 3 months, cannot be prevented by vaccination or cured by medication and doesn’t disappear on its own. Changes in our lifestyles and our eating habits are thought to be the reason behind the increased rate of chronic diseases at all ages worldwide. Studies have proved that following a healthy lifestyle, dropping bad habits like smoking, increased physical activities with dietary management can prevent and decrease the severity of a chronic disease. Keep cardiovascular diseases at bay! Cardiovascular disease is a term used to define a group of conditions that results from narrowed or blocked blood vessels leading to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Age, gender and lifestyle and eating habits are the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Developing a chronic disease like obesity, diabetes or hypertension can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. By adjusting your lifestyle and eating habits, you can prevent or decrease the severity of the cardiovascular disease. We are here to help you. Meet with one of our dietitians for guidance and advice. Meal planning…No better way to control your diabetes! The prevalence of diabetes is increasing rapidly. According to the International Diabetes Federation, an estimated 381 million people had diabetes in 2013. This number is estimated to almost double by 2030. As we all know, diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by increased level of blood glucose. If uncontrolled or left untreated, it can lead to serious long-term complications affecting different body systems like the heart, nervous system, kidneys, liver and many others. Despite the fact that diabetes cannot be cured, but significant lifestyle changes along with treatment can control the condition and prevent those long-term complications. One important change is diet. Studies proved that dietary management can help effectively in controlling the severity of the disease. Sadly, many diabetic patients fail to manage their diet because they do not know exactly what and how to eat. Seeking a professional help is strongly recommended if you or one of your family members are diabetic. Visit our clinic and meet with one of our registered dietitians who can educate you on how to deal with your disease. Also, we can tailor meal plans that suit your age, your lifestyle and medications you are taking. Balanced nutrition can help! Liver and kidneys are very important organs in the body. Liver plays a major role in metabolism and detoxification process. The kidneys, however, regulate the balance of electrolytes, remove waste products and maintain the blood pressure within normal. Either the liver or the kidneys can fail to function normally due to several disease conditions. As a result, many problems arise. Living with a liver or a kidney disease can be difficult. However, maintaining a good nutritional status along with the treatment can help effectively in slowing the progression of the disease and treating complications. Like any normal individual, you need important nutrients and enough energy to stay healthy and maintain an appropriate weight. Unfortunately, the disease will dictate some changes to your eating habits. For instance, sodium intake must be reduced to control the blood pressure. The portion of proteins daily should be limited. Since diabetes is a side complication from a kidney disease, the amount of carbohydrates in your meal should be adjusted. To achieve such balance, it is strongly advised that you follow with a registered dietitian. If you are looking for help, contact us for more details.