Managing Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Written by Deborah Ayodeji, RD
Depending on the severity of the condition, management of non-communicable diseases will require medical and/or lifestyle modifications which must be strictly adhered to, for the best outcomes. Learn about NCDs here.
Treatment aims to limit the progression of the disease or to mitigate the risk of complications. Most interventions will be tailored to one’s strengths and challenges in managing their care. It will also take into account socio-demographic, socio-economics, medical history, etc. managing you holistically.
Your clinical treatment may require strict medication adherence and thorough cooperation with your healthcare provider.
NCDs are now well-studied and understood. he importance of a healthy lifestyle for NCD prevention and management has well established as plays a crucial role in addition to medical treatment. Compliance with these non-drug measures for example; healthy diet, physical activity, etc. are essential for better recovery.
Your doctor may refer you to one or all of the following specialists to co-manage the condition:
Exercise and yoga therapists
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
Your diet is vital for managing common symptoms of NCDs such as overweight/obesity, hyperglycemia, elevated blood lipids, and hypertension. It is recommended that a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, knowledgeable, and skilled in MNT, be the team member who plays the leading role in providing nutrition care.
A dietitian will help you identify and solve problems relating to your diet and also give you self-management education which complements your medical nutrition therapy to help build your confidence and self-esteem.
It is imperative seek nutritional counsel for conditions like NCDs because self-management or the use of unauthorized nutritional information from the internet can be detrimental to the health over time. With the introduction of telehealth services, you can also book an appointment with a Dietitian online. Virtual consultations also offer the same benefits as seeing your dietitian physically.
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