A Registered Dietitian is trained to assist with any nutrition or diet-related condition. In South African we do not have formal areas of specialisation but rather special areas of interest. Most dietitians in private practice will have conditions they are more familiar with treating; however dieticians are trained in all areas of clinical management (assessment, diagnosis and treatment of nutrition or diet-related issues), public health nutrition education, food service management and certain aspects of research as well. Dietitians work with both healthy and poorly individuals to optimise nutritional health through diet.
Where a dietitian’s skill lies is in their ability to translate and interpret the science of nutrition to improve health and treat diseases and conditions. This is done by educating and giving practical advice to patients and their family where necessary. When you see a Registered Dietitian, you are ensured evidence-based approaches where evidence and research has been the basis used to inform their advice.