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Why is Diet Important in a Hospital Setting?
Hospital malnourishment has been a worldwide reality and challenge with a prevalence ranging between 26% to 80% and an increased risk in morbidity and mortality.

Diet and lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, kidney disorders, liver disease and obesity are the NCDs (non-communicable diseases) whose number is rapidly increasing. Diet and lifestyle are two of the preventive and controllable factors for these diseases which have to be modified in order to be healthy. Hence diet counselling becomes an important aspect of healthcare.

A. J. Hospital & Research Centre has a full fledged diet department with qualified dieticians which takes care of patient catering and diet counselling. Therapeutic diet in hospital helps in faster patient recovery and reduces the duration of hospital stay. Diet Counselling available on Pre Appointment / Out Patient Department


Hospital Diet for Patients
A. J. Hospital & Research Centre has a full fledged diet kitchen to provide balanced food to patients.
- Diet food is compulsory in the critical care sections like all the ICUs and cardiac patients.
- Therapeutic diet is provided to patients such as diabetic, renal, cancer and others on reference from consultants.
- Normal diet includes five meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks at Mid Morning and evening for patients for whom it is not convenient to bring food from home.

Diet food timings
- 07:00 AM - Breakfast
- 10:30AM - Mid Morning Snack
- 12:30PM - Lunch
- 03.30PM - Evening Tea
- 07:30 PM - Dinner
Ryle’s tube feed- 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Types of Diet

Normal Diet
Balanced diet given to all normal patients without any special needs and conditions. Kindly inform your nursing counter for requirements. Cost will be added in your final bill.
Therapeutic Diet
Given to patients with various therapeutic conditions. It includes following:
- Diabetic Diet
- Renal diet (for kidney disorders)
- Hypertensive Diet
- Cardiac Diet
- Antenatal, postnatal Diet
- Paediatric Diet
What are the benefits of Therapeutic Diet in the Hospital?
- Faster regaining of strength.
- Better effect of medicines on the body.
- Reduced duration of stay in the hospital which lessens the burden of hospital expenses for the patient.
- Decreased morbidity and mortality rate.
- Happier and healthier patient
Special Diets
Provided for patients with special needs with modifications in the consistency, texture or taste. They include :
- Tube Feeds (Nasogastric, Jejunostomy)
- Semi-Solid Diet
- Liquid Diet
- Soft Food Diet
- Bland diet (low fat, low fibre, low spice)
- Extension Number 0824-246613170 - Located in a separate section in the ground floor at the corner of the Canteen.


Cardiovascular Disease
Modern day lifestyle is the major cause of cardiac problems. Factors like smoking, inactivity, diet and stress increase the risk of coronary artery disease and hypertension. Diet and lifestyle counseling help in the management of cardiac diseases in the early stages. Coronary artery diseases which arise due to high cholesterol are directly linked to diet and lifestyle practices which can be modified.
Diabetes is one of the most common endocrine disorders whose complications affect the heart, brain, kidneys, eyes, nerves and feet. Diet and lifestyle changes help in controlling the condition as well as preventing further complications. Dietician, after taking a detailed diet recall from the patient, counsels him / her on the type of diet to be followed for diabetes and regular follow up for the same is essential.
Diet plays an important role in the genesis of obesity. Personal choices, advertising, social customs and cultural influences as well as food availability and pricing all play a role in determining what and how much an individual eats. As societies become increasingly reliant on energy-dense fast food meals, the association between fast food consumption and obesity becomes a cause for concern.

Due to changing lifestyle and eating habits obesity among children and adults is at an all time high in India. Obesity contributes to diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, osteoarthritis and several other problems. Dietician along with endocrinologist helps in the management of obesity and overweight to prevent further complications.
Kidney Disease
Kidney diseases require changes in the diet like limiting fluids, eating a low protein diet, restricting salt, phosphorous and other electrolytes to limit the build-up of waste products in the body. Patients on dialysis however require special diet. Most dialysis patients urinate very little or not at all. Limiting fluids between treatments is very important. Without urination, fluid will build up in the body and lead to excess fluid in the heart, lungs and ankles. According to the nephrologists’ recommendation the dietician will advise suitable diet to the patient.