A healthy diet plays a central role in a person’s lifespan in two ways: by prevention and by acute intervention in severe and life threatening diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
Acute intervention: Studies have shown that clinical diets play a significant role in chronic diseases therapy and in some cases is the only cure.
Prevention: Changes in dietary and physical activity patterns affect quality of life and lifespan. Every person has his own nutritional habits which are usually very difficult to change. Thus, the nutritionist’s goal is to improve the individual’s everyday diet by adopting healthier nutritional habits.
With the exception of specific clinical cases, healthy diet is not necessarily a restricted diet. A person can consume everything as long as quantity and quality are taken into account.
Individualized diet recommendations are provided based on data concerning a person’s lifestyle, laboratory tests and medical record.