At Remedico, all our specialists on our panel are selected based on their knowledge in their domain, experience in their particular fields, and above all their strong desire to make an impact on their patients’ lives. In this blog post, we introduce you to one of our nutritionists, Ishani Dedhiya – PGCND, CDE, a member of the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) and Association of Diabetes Educators (ADE).
Read on as we we get in conversation with Ishani about nutrition.
Q: What got you interested in pursuing nutrition and dietary study?
A: I come from a family of health-conscious people, hence the importance of healthy eating was always imbibed in me. Until the age of 18 years, I had barely indulged in outside food. I always kept on reading articles about various health foods and eventually thought to take it up as a full time career, and started preparing for the same.
Q: How are skin, hair, and diet related? Is it common for a problem like acne or hair fall to have a nutritional cause?
A: There is a direct link between skin, hair and diet. Due to inadequate nutrition, many people experience hair fall or skin related conditions like acne. As diets and lifestyles are changing, and people are developing nutritional deficiencies, hair and skin related issues have become common and are on the rise.
Q: What are some common mistakes you’ve seen people making with their diet? What is the effect of these mistakes?
A: As people are becoming busier, they have lesser time to cook or have home cooked meals. People are opting more for ready-to-eat foods as these foods help save time and are delicious as well. But they fail to understand that these foods are high on preservatives and sodium and are actually doing more harm than good. Other mistake most of the working class people do is, they skip breakfast. This slows down their metabolism. They tend to consume energy dense foods in their next meal as they are famished and this leads to weight gain. People who skip breakfast also don’t meet their daily nutritional requirement.
Q: What has been your most interesting or rewarding patient / case to work with?
A: I had a male client who had diabetes for many years and was frustrated because he couldn’t always eat the food that he liked. Coming from a social family, he attended many functions but never enjoyed them as he couldn’t enjoy his favourite dishes. This depressed him and he was contemplating suicide. I planned a diet of his choice for him and made sure that his blood glucose levels remained well under control and his insulin dose was reduced. Counselling was also required for this patient to make sure that he overcomes his depression. After extensive counselling and modifying his diet on a fortnightly basis, his mental and phyiscal health had completely transformed.
Q: What do you enjoy about being on Remedico?
A: Remedico helps to connect with patients from different parts of India. Being a dietitian, I get to work with people with varied food patterns native to their regions. It’s also great to be able to work hand-in-hand with the dermatologists, to help patients achieve better overall health.
We want to revolutionize the whole experience of consulting a dermatologist. The traditional process can often be time consuming and costly. We have been working hard to bring you advice from India’s top dermatologists and are proud to introduce a nutritionist to our unique and ground breaking platform.