Sinead McKay RD (BSc Double Hons, PgDip, PgDip)
I am a HCPC registered Dietitian with over 10 years experience. I am passionate about helping people realise a better state of personal health. My main areas of specialism and interest are Weight management, Diabetes, Allergy & Intolerance, Gut issues, Chronic Fatigue and Mood/Mental Health.
Diabetes Specialist Dietitian
Type 1 Diabetes - DAFNE, BERTIE, Pump, Carbohydrate Counting
My principle area of specialism is in Diabetes, having been practising as a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian for the past 6 years. I am a certified DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) educator with specialist skills in training patients with Type 1 Diabetes how to carbohydrate count and adjust their own insulin doses according to DAFNE principles. I am also a trained BERTIE educator, a program similar to DAFNE. I am also an Insulin Pump educator.
Type 2 Diabetes - DESMOND, Weight Management, Healthy Eating, Carbohydrate awareness
I am a "DESMOND" educator, trained and experienced in delivering initial education to Newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes patients. I am passionate about empowering patients with Type 2 Diabetes to self manage through knowledge of healthy eating and carbohydrate counting portion control, as well as to achieve all-important weight loss for long term health protection.
I have vast experience working both with groups and on a one-to-one level with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients including patients on insulin pump therapy and patients with diabetes in pregnancy.
Sometimes patients feel they need that extra support that comes from sitting down on a one-to-one level and taking things at a pace that is better suited to them. I love teaching and have successfully gotten countless patients to a place of control with their Diabetes that they had long thought was not achievable.
Weight Management - Losing weight
As a Diabetes Dietitian I have vast experience in consulting with patients on dieting to lose weight, or as I prefer to see it, making diet and lifestyle change to lose weight for good. Dieting can be frustrating, particularly when you succeed but then regain the lost weight all over again. Making realistic changes that can be sustained long term is the most reliable way to see real changes in your weight that will last. People very often feel they need support with this process and I am here to help.
Females - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, PMS
For those with conditions like Polycystic ovaries and endometriosis weight loss can be a key beneficial change to aim for, while the condition itself may make weight loss that bit more difficult to achieve. Making the right types of long term dietary changes, as opposed to yo yo dieting for example, can lead to better, more sustained results. Healthy eating, particularly if tit leads to a healthier weight, can also support better hormone balance and potentially help with symptoms like PMS.
Losing weight can often mean more than just feeling happier about how you look. Achieving a healthy weight can have important meaning for your long term health including your risk of heart disease. Making changes to achieve weight loss and also to improve other health factors like your cholesterol levels and blood pressure will reduce your heart disease risk and overall health for the long term.
Food Allergy and Intolerance
I have a particular interest in food allergy and intolerance in adults. Food allergy is often first identified or confirmed by your doctor and I can support you with the challenges of ensuring avoidance of allergens while also achieving a balanced diet. Food "intolerance" is more difficult to identify and diagnose. Often you might have symptoms for which you cannot identify a cause and may suspect that it is related to something you are eating.
Unnecessary avoidance of falsely suspected food intolerances is common and can lead to a poorly balanced diet as well as having negative impact on your enjoyment of life. Equally, the continued eating of problem foods may be causing debilitating symptoms that are needlessly affecting the quality of your life. Having the guidance and support of a professional can make the process of identifying problem foods less troublesome and more productive.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) / ME, Fatigue, Low energy
I am very passionate about helping people achieve a better state of health, however they define "health" for them. Fatigue is a common complaint and very commonly one that is difficult to explain as to the cause. Often a person can find they are functioning at a level of energy or vitality that is just not optimal for them. Or some people there a level of fatigue that is debilitating and affecting their quality of life in a very obvious way. For others a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME may have been given. Finding the right balance in the diet can often help people feel improved and may be worth exploring. Having suffered myself from a level of fatigue related to food intolerance and experienced the frustrations of identifying the underlying causes I have a particular empathy and determination in trying to help people identify any potential problem foods or imbalances in their diet.
Mood problems, PMS, Depression, Mental Health issues
There can often be a link between problems with a persons moods or their general sense of well-being and their diet. Sometimes, particularly if you feel your diet is not healthy, or where you suspect a relationship between your food choices and how you feel, it can be worth exploring dietary influences.
Gastrointestinal Problems - Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), low FODMAPs, Food intolerance, Coeliac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Constipation, Acid reflux, Diverticulitis
Gastrointestinal problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, can often be related to food intolerances, as well as stress. I am trained in the delivery of FODMAPs training which is a very successful approach for many people in alleviating the symptoms of IBS through adjustment of the diet. I also have experience in advising patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, such as Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, particularly those who require nutritional support due to compromised nutritional intakes. I can also advise on other common gastrointestinal problems such Coeliac Disease, Diverticulitis, acid reflux and constipation.
Nutritional Support - unwanted weight loss, underweight, reduced appetite
Having worked for years in acute hospitals with sick patients I have extensive experience in providing nutritional support to patients who are struggling to meet their nutritional needs, and may have lost or are losing weight in an unwanted way or are underweight or at risk becoming underweight and malnourished. Unwanted weight loss, reduced appetite or reduced ability to eat can be the consequence of a wide range of conditions. Receiving adequate nutrition can be key to a faster and fuller recovery in many cases or to protect a person from being vulnerable to future illness. It is important to get proper advice from a Dietitian in such circumstances.
Working closely with nurses and doctors in a team approach is key to properly supporting a patient. In consulting with you I am happy and able to communicate with members of your current healthcare team to see any necessary changes are supported and that they are kept up-to-date with your care as needed.
Special Diets e.g. low potassium, anaemia, osteoporosis, cholesterol-lowering
Sometimes a diagnosis can be given where you need to control or improve your diet to keep healthy e.g. in Kidney disease, anaemia or osteoporosis. Having the right guidance can help ensure you achieve a balanced diet and stay within your targets.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Fully qualified HCPC registered Dietitian
- PgDip Nutrition and Dietetics - University of Chester
- PgDip Human Nutrition - University of Ulster
- BSc Double Honours Biology and Chemistry - National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Anaemia *
- Balanced diet
- Cancer *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME *
- Coeliac disease *
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Constipation *
- Crohn's disease *
- Diabetes *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eczema *
- Endometriosis *
- Fibromyalgia *
- Food allergy and food intolerance
- Healthy eating
- Healthy hair
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Hyperthyroidism *
- Hypothyroidism *
- Iron deficiency anaemia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- Megaloblastic anaemia *
- Menopause *
- Migraine *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Pregnancy and preconception
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Rosacea *
- Schoolchildren and teenagers
- Skin health and conditions *
- Sports nutrition
- Thyroid problems *
- Tiredness *
- Weight gain
- Weight management
- Women's nutrition
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Initial consultation, 1 hour: £95
Follow-up session, up to 1 hour: £65
Blackheath: Initial consultation, 1 hour: £105
Follow-up session, up to 1 hour: £75
Initial consultation, 1 hour: £105
Follow-up session, up to 1 hour: £75
*An additional £30 is charged per 30 minutes past the first hour for all consultations
Telephone or Skype Consultation:
Initial contact - 60 mins: £70
Follow-up contact - per 30 mins: £30
*plus £30 per 30 minutes past the first hour
Tailored group educations and conference talks
For families, small private groups, schools, workplace and sporting teams
Carbohydrate Counting / Awareness
Cardiovascular Risk management
Food allergy / Intolerance diet management
Tailored topics on request
Pricing dependent on content, duration and number of participants and number of sessions.
Type of session
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