Nutrition

Nutrition indisputably plays an important role in maintaining good health and it is considerably modified during disease. The latter is of particular value, especially because this modification helps the body to meet its nutritional requirements which are totally different due to increased catabolism and stress. Nowadays, a significant number of scientific studies confirm the benefits of quality nutrition in the outcome of the treatment plan, as well as in reducing the hospitalization period for patients.

Mediterraneo’s Nutrition Department provides personalized nutritional services to hospitalized patients.

The role of the clinical dietitian includes:

  • Cooperation with all departments such as cardiology, surgery, obesity surgery, heart surgery, pathology, gastrointestinal, Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) & High Dependency Unit (H.D.U.).
  • Adjustment of the patient’s nutritional needs and the design of customized dietary guidelines taking into account the patient’s dietary preferences.
  • Feeding intervention to patients with special dietary needs. After completion of the nutritional assessment, special dietary supplements may be administered, beyond the standard nutrition, when the patient’s nutritional needs are not being met, but also when oral feeding is impossible and enteral or parenteral feeding has been decided..

Mediterraneo’s clinical dietitian team:

  • is responsible for the coordination of the health and safety food system (System ISO), regarding security issues on feeding the clinic’s patients. The hospital dietary menu is carefully designed to meet the nutritional needs of hospitalized patients, according to their disease.
  • delivers talks and presentations to the medical and nursing staff regarding nutritional interventions in clinical diseases.
  • monitors, regularly, the newest scientific data through attending conferences and seminars in Greece and abroad.

The purpose of the Nutrition Department is to improve the nutritional status of patients while hospitalized, by applying the most modern scientific methods.

Body Composition Monitor – Artificial intelligence in the hands of our nutritionists

The Nutrition Department of Mediterraneo Hospital has recently acquired the latest Body Composition Monitor, Maltron Bioscan touch i8.

This is the world’s first and most advanced bioelectrical impedance Body Composition Monitor with Artificial Intelligence. Using complex algorithms, it accurately analyzes the composition of the main components of the body, such as fat and muscle mass and the total body fluid distribution.

Maltron Bioscan touch i8 evaluates more than 45 different parameters, whereas the results of the analysis are provided in a few seconds without complicated clinical procedures.

Apart from its conventional use in nutrition science, this equipment is a valuable tool for clinicians and dietitians, since it measures:

  • Body Composition
  • Body Fat Mass
  • Skeletal Muscle Mass
  • Malnutrition status
  • Fluid Measurements
  • Over-hydration and dehydration
  • Extracellular water Volume
  • Intercellular water Volume
  • Total Body Water Volume
  • Evaluation before and after haemodialysis
  • Dry Weight, Minerals & Bone Density
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Mineral composition

It is applied in:

Clinical nutrition

  • Management of obesity
  • Management of malnutrition
  • Evaluation of hydration level and body composition in athletes, in order to maintain and improve their performance.

 Nephrology

  • Evaluation of patient’s dry weight
  • Evaluation of nutrition level and nitrogen balance
  • Assessment of body fluid distribution in patients with nephrotic syndrome, heart failure or cirrhosis who are undergoing heamodialysis.

Cardiology

  • Assessment of hydration level especially in patients with heart failure.In this way, we can manage their diuretic treatment by avoiding over or under-treatment and any side effects associated with their condition.

Internal medicine-ICU

  • Assessment of patient’s hydration level in cases with comorbidities(i.e patients with congestive heart failure combined with liver cirrhosis)
  • Assessment of severely ill patients’ nutrition, such as of those suffering from HIV or cancer
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of pharmaceutical treatment on nutrition and body composition

Overall, MaltronBioscan Touch i8 is a valuable monitoring tool in all cases where the assessment of fluid volume and the ratio of Body Fat Mass to Lean Body Mass is vital.

PREGNANCY AND NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES

Α woman who enters pregnancy in an inadequate nutritional status has a risk of having poor pregnancy performance, of depleting her own body stores of nutrients, and of entering lactation in a state of suboptimal nutritional status, which could deteriorate further as lactation progresses.

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THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF WALNUTS

Walnuts have the highest value among dried nut, as they protect the body from chronic diseases (cardiovascular and neurological diseases, as well as some forms of prostate and breast cancer). This is mainly due to their antioxidant and antithrombotic activity. Walnuts contain the highest amount of omega3 fatty acids from all other dried nuts, in the form of alpha-linoleic acid.

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HEALTHY EATING FOR A HEALTHY HEART

Making some changes to your diet could help reduce the risk of heart disease, especially if you’ve already had a heart attack (M.I.). We should eat foods in the right balance to ensure that we are getting the right amount of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and protein).

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