Obesity Centre in the medicum Hamburg
Obese people have an especially high risk of disease. Long-term high intake of nutrients can increase the concentration of fats (lipids) in the blood to such a degree that they are deposited in the blood vessels where they cause damage. Diseases like arterial sclerosis, diabetes mellitus, gout, high blood pressure, arthritis and even cancer are the dramatic consequences. Every additional kilogram of body weight means a significant amount of extra work for the heart muscle. Physicians and nutrition experts know that in the treatment of heart failure and coronary heart disease healthy eating is just as important as medication.
Good nutrition can prevent, alleviate and cure
Nutrition and physical fitness have a decisive influence on our health. Many diseases can be caused by eating the wrong food. Others can be alleviated or even cured by a change in eating habits. Well-balanced meals and regular physical activity also help to prevent overweight and diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and high blood pressure. However, it is not so easy to maintain a really healthy diet the whole time. When does a meal have the right number of calories? What nutrients are in which food? But these are things that can be learned. Our nutrition experts, oecotrophologists and diet assistants in the Centre for Nutritional and Preventive Medicine/Obesity Centre of the medicum Hamburg will be pleased to help you.
Achieve your weight target with us
Our nutrition counselling in the medicum Hamburg is intended for everyone who wishes to achieve their weight target, but at the same time wants to enjoy tasty and varied food. Our experts offer individual counselling. The aim of our long-term nutrition group courses (Bodymed/Logi) and the M.O.B.I.L.I.S. programme is to achieve a permanent change of lifestyle for participants. We prepare you for this with activity units, group sessions, exercises to do at home and individual training. Our cooking courses give you the opportunity to have fun while learning how to prepare well-balanced and tasty meals. In special training sessions for shopping you learn how to find the right food for you.
Diabetes and nutrition
For diabetics (Type 1 and Type 2) well-balanced nutrition is an essential therapy component. In the past, diabetics had to adhere to very strict diet rules: diet plans with six to eight meals to be eaten at exact times and in exact quantities. Many types of food were completely forbidden. For most diabetics these regimens were very difficult to keep to. Especially those who had a difficult and irregular daily routine constantly lived with a guilty conscience. Nowadays, physicians are of the opinion that, instead of a special diet, a mixed diet with an appropriate number of calories is the optimal nutrition, also for diabetics. Of course, it has to take into account the individual eating habits, physical activity and personal circumstances of the patient. Varied and tasty meals also contribute to normal blood glucose levels.
The effect of insulin decreases as body weight increases. This is why it is so important to achieve and maintain a normal body weight. Weight reduction often already results in improved blood glucose levels. However, many diabetics are overweight. They think that a reduced intake of carbohydrates and avoidance of sugar are the most important elements in their diabetes diet because they have not been properly informed about appropriate nutrition. Instead of carbohydrates, they eat foods with a very high fat content such as meat, cheese and charcuterie products. In this way, diabetics, many of whom also suffer from a metabolic disorder, high blood pressure and overweight, often eat more fat than non-diabetics. In such cases, weight reduction is one of the most important therapy targets. It is true that carbohydrates are the nutrients which have the greatest influence on blood glucose. But they should not be eliminated from diabetics’ diets altogether. On the contrary, their proportion of the total food intake should be just as high as for healthy individuals. Sharp fluctuations in blood glucose can be avoided by spreading the carbohydrates over several meals, or by eating those which do not raise blood glucose so quickly (low-glycemic diet).
Special diabetic or diet products contain fructose, sugar alcohols and other calorie-rich sugar substitutes. These are not to be recommended. Many food products which claim to be suitable for diabetics contain large amounts of fat and calories and in addition are more expensive than regular products. In contrast, calorie-free sweeteners can be helpful, for example in drinks.
Nowadays, diabetics are even allowed to drink small quantities of alcohol. One glass of wine in the evening does not do any harm. But: alcohol should only be drunk together with calorie-rich meals because it blocks the release of glucose from the liver. For obese diabetics it is important to remember that alcohol has a high calorie content. Besides this, it also contributes to the development of high blood pressure and metabolic disorders. So, any more than one glass of red wine increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Our experts in the Centre for Nutritional Medicine/Obesity Centre in the medicum Hamburg will help you to choose the best therapy for you. We accompany you on the way to a well-balanced diet and a healthy life.