A Diet to Suit Multiple Conditions

My wife was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy several years ago; since then she has been diagnosed with COPD, kidney failure and recently Diabetes (2). Like medication, various diets conflict with each other. In addition, exercise is out of the question because of the COPD (she cannot walk across the room without becoming breathless). Advice on diet seems to be: "Maintain a balanced diet" etc.. Can anyone point us to a dietician who might be able to advise on some direction. Thanks

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  • Hi and welcome, selrey :)

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    My advice to you, would be to go back to your GP and tell them they've been less than helpful and that you wife needs a referral to a dietician. I'm afraid it's generally a case of those that pester loudest and longest, get the most.

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  • Dietary advice can seem overwhelming can't it? Have you spoken to the nurse at your GP practice as she should also be able to advise you on a sensible balanced diet 😊

    I hope you receive some help soon.

    Best wishes

  • Thanks Anna

    The nurse at our GP's surgery was our first port of call - a very helpful lady but unable to assist given the numerous conditions Elaine my wife is suffering. Our GP likewise referred us to a diabetes forum at a local hospital, which has unfortunately been discontinued. Our local private hospital has nothing. I've scanned all the clinics but only one can offer a group consultative meeting early in the day, which is inappropriate for my wife because of her physical condition. Bearing in mind the effects of her COPD, we are somewhat limited.

    What we think we require is an holistic dietician/medical practitioner (NHS or private) who can work through with us the dietary options that would suit a person suffering Elaine's conditions. Surely there must be someone else who suffers multiple medical conditions for which a diet as far as possible might be suitable. For example, potassium is contained in many vegetables and other 'healthy' foods but which are unhealthy for people suffering kidney disease.

    We are eating plenty of fruit and veg and avoid weight-gaining carbohydrates: in respect of the veg, we soak it in cold water and then drain before cooking so as to reduce the amount of potassium. There are many other examples but we do believe there must be someone out there who can put us in touch with an appropriate dietician/medical practitioner.

    One final thought: Elaine is seeing her renal consultant later this month to discuss her kidney function (which has risen slightly but not alarmingly) and diabetes, so we shall see whether he can provide any advice. Perhaps I can write again following our visit so as to contribute any ideas to your forum.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Selrey

  • Hi selrey,

    Sorry to hear about the difficulties facing you and your wife. This is the NHS website which suggests how you might go about finding a dietician.

    nhs.uk/chq/Pages/find-a-reg...

    Hope you can find someone with the appropriate knowledge.

  • have you asked your GP to refer her to community dietician? Also the UK dietician association produce various information sheets whoch may help. Google BDA and it should have a link to the The association of UK dieticians. Does she see any hospitals Drs for any of her conditions? They maybe able to refer her to hospital distician if you get no joy from your GP- but try your GP first since the hospital will direct you there first but if she says she has and has had no luck- the Dr may state in the clinic letter than are automatically sent to GPs that they reccommend you be referred to the community dietician

    have you looked on the diabetes uk website- they may have a group local to you that your wife can go to?

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