The study of food and how our body uses the substances in food is described as nutrition. To reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle a combination of physical activity and good nutrition can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health. Getting the right amount of nutrients from food in the right combination is elucidated nutrition. Making smart choices about food that one eats will help achieve prime health. The relation between food and maintenance, growth, reproduction, health and disease of an organism is the science of nutrition. The one key to develop and maintain good health is nutrition. Good health is described as a healthy mind body and spirit.
The mission of the Department of Nutrition at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology is to improve human health through better nutrition and lifestyle. The Department strives to accomplish this goal through research aimed at an increased understanding of how diet influences health at molecular and population levels, the development of nutritional strategies, informing policy, the education of researchers and practitioners, and the dissemination of nutrition information to health professionals and the public. The food guidelines play an important role in all disease conditions, in which we make the patient aware of. Initial Metabolic, Anthrometric and Biochemical parameters are the individual requirements attained by nutritional assessment of the patient.
- Initiating and monitoring critical care nutrition (parenteral and enteral nutrition) for patients in the medical and surgical intensive care units, closely working with the team of Intensivists, Registrars and Nurses.
- Planning and monitoring specialized therapeutic diets of all inpatients. Malnutrition screening of all ward patients is done following which, the nutrition therapy is planned and monitored based on the disease condition.
- Monitoring the Food & Beverage department in providing therapeutic diets to the in-patients.
- Nutrition assessment and diet counselling of out-patients depending on the medical condition.
- Specialized diet plans and monitoring of diets for pre and post-Bariatric surgery and Liver Transplantation.
- Weight management program for individuals who are aiming for weight loss or maintenance of weight.
- Research in clinical nutrition: Research projects in clinical nutrition have been taken up in the department. The key areas on focus include Nutrigenetic study in NAFLD, enteral glutamine supplementation in acute pancreatitis, the role of soft diet in mild acute pancreatitis, the prevalence of NAFLD and gallstone disease, malnutrition in hospitalized patients and chronic liver disease, nutrition in pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy in Chronic pancreatitis, etc. These research projects are taken up under the supervision of the research committee.
- Students are trained under the supervision of Registered Dietitian which includes RD internship and Regular internship.