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I have emailed Versus help about this just now. Please members i have extreemly low body weight since i got an Osteoarthritis diagnosis my attention was drawn to this. My GP Surgery ignores my repeated requests and " demands" now to seea Dietician a referral. How do i ghet a refferal to a Dietician? Without a Dietician how can i access accurate Dietricianary information and where are reputable sources eg on-line. I have Gillian McKeith's " You are what you eat" book but no reference to body weight loss and Zero on any Arthritis a shame as i like this book otherwise.Any advice specifically on sensibly gaining weight i am desperate for. I am a 60 year old male and untill Osteo hit a fit Hillwalker, Thanks.

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,726
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    I think your GP could refer you to a dietician but maybe not currently. Here's what NHS says and it seems quite comprehensive https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/managing-your-weight/advice-for-underweight-adults/

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  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,577
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    I think you can buy build up drinks (savoury or as a milkshake) over the counter. That's what my daughter and my neighbour were both prescribed when they lost too much weight.

    My daughter's was through cancer and I got advice from cancer research uk too.

    Hope that helps a bit.

    take care

    Toni xx

  • AndyT
    AndyT Member Posts: 47
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    What foods do you eat now, are there any foods you can't eat?

    Perhaps adding more healthy fats to your meals - like olive oil, avocado. Plenty of carbs like sweet potatoes and pasta. Lots of protein from chicken and fish.

  • Mike1
    Mike1 Member Posts: 1,992
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    Dietician's advice is all well and good, i.e. eat more fruit and veg, don't eat processed foods and so forth BUT how is one supposed to do this if one's hands are so bad that one cannot peel and cut veg or chop meat? I know that a good diet would help my OA and is especially important now that I have Hodkins Lymphoma but there ain't nowt I can do about it!

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,726
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    Mike, my hands are rubbish. I love fish which is soft and needs no cutting. Stewing meat comes ready chopped. Mince comes ready....well...minced and Turkey mince is very healthy. I try to get two meals (each for two) out of each batch cooked. Adding lentils makes it go further and is healthy. I buy frozen chopped onions. Frozen chopped carrots etc are also available though I find, with a good knife and my trusty Oxo Good Grips peeler, I can manage fresh ones if they're big so more easily held. My problem is lifting a big casserole dish in and out of the oven. That's Mr SW's job if I've done a lot.

    Frozen chopped avocado is delicious and versatile. Carrots, celery etc can be eaten raw, maybe with a dip. Frozen peas and broad beans are good and nutritious.

    As for fruit - I'm a berry fiend. I love cherries and also buy some soft fruit (no peeling) for desserts about twice a week. (With yogurt.) I also love mangos but, as I have to buy the ready chopped version, they're a rare treat as they're expensive that way. Bananas, apples, pears and satsumas are all easy enough. And, often easier than getting into the Fort Knox of ready desserts packaging.

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