Where can I find help?

Where can I find suitable nutritional counselling for:

  • Eating disorders
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes (having to inject insulin more than twice a day)
  • Renal disease (kidney problems)
  • Heart failure

Why?

In the event of illness and health issues, changes in lifestyle and eating habits can lead to disruption in the body. And your diet has to meet specific requirements for medical reasons.

Healthcare is also regulated to protect the patient and provide an adequate (multidisciplinary) treatment plan for healthcare.

First steps

1) Consult your (family) doctor

Doctors are your first point of contact for healthcare.

The (family) doctor can help you. Or refer you to professionals.

The nature and severity of your problems will determine whom you will be referred to by the doctor.

2) Check your Health insurance policy

Healthcare professionals and health insurance companies coordinate healthcare. Check which agreements were made. These are stated in your health insurance policy.

Possible forms of nutritional guidance and interventions in:

Eating disorders

Your doctor will probably refer you to a dietitian who specialises in treating eating disorders (www.dietisten-eetstoornissen.nl).

Before or during a nutritional intervention, a referral may also be made for psychotherapy to mental health organisations such as PsyQ/PsyQ International.

For nutritional guidance with psychological input and practical adjustments to your eating pattern, you could also contact Human Concern Foundation – Center for Eating Disorders.

Are you seeking aftercare or relapse prevention? Then help is offered by, among others: Human Concern, PsyQ/PsyQ International en Stichting JIJ

If you prefer self-management or nutritional guidance from a weight management consultant, request medical approval from a doctor before starting.

For more information, see https://www.thuisarts.nl/eetprobleem (Dutch).

Insulin-dependent diabetes (having to inject insulin more than twice a day)

The doctor and practice nurse can help you. For instance, during a diabetes consultation appointment.

The doctor may also refer you to professionals if your diet has to meet specific requirements for medical reasons. Adaptations to your medication, for example.

Renal disease (kidney problems)

The doctor can help you with nutritional advice, regular kidney function monitoring, and related health issues. Health issues such as diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure).

If your diet has to meet specific requirements for medical reasons, the doctor may also refer you to specialists and dietitians specializing in kidney disease.

Heart failure

The doctor can help you with nutritional advice, regular monitoring of your weight and related health problems. Think, for example, water retention.

The doctor may also refer you to specialists and dieticians specialised in heart failure if your diet has to meet specific requirements for medical reasons.