Carla Bredin - Wild Healthy Nutrition

Carla Bredin, MSc, MA, BA, DipNT, mNTOI

Hi. I’m Carla, Wild Healthy’s Nutritionist. I provide private consultations to people in need of change, who are attempting to manage symptoms related to their diet and lifestyle, such as overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or compromised digestion. I recently completed my MSc in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey. My research focused on dietary patterns in Irish patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and was the first cross-sectional study of its kind in this population. I have a strong interest in nutritional medicine and lifestyle medicine – the combining of expertise in the pursuit of optimum health for the patient. I work closely with several GPs in Dublin.  I’m originally from Donegal, and that’s where the name comes from. Up there, we use Wild [pronounced Wile] to mean Very. My hope is that someday, an aul’ Donegal fella will walk up to you and exclaim “Jeez, you’re lookin’ wild healthy, hi!” and then my job is done.

What Is Nutritional Medicine?

What Is Nutritional Medicine - Wild Healthy

What is Nutritional Medicine?

Nutritional Medicine is an evidence-based approach to managing chronic lifestyle-related diseases through diet and lifestyle modulation. Its approach acknowledges the significant role dietary factors play in the development of certain diseases, while also following the best-practice for managing or reversing the disease once it has been established.

The World Health Organisation issued a report in 2014 stating that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, have far overtaken Communicable Diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and Influenza in the percentage of deaths worldwide. HIV and AIDS is one of the deadliest communicable diseases of our time, with around 39 million deaths worldwide since the epidemic began in the 1980’s. All those deaths over the course of 40 years were matched in just a single year by diet- and lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 38 million people die every year from diseases associated with diet and lifestyle. Ebola devastated West Africa in 2014 with the deaths of nearly 5000 people. In Ireland, in the same timeframe, 10,000 people died from heart attack or stroke, but the newspapers didn’t scream “Killer Disease” in quite the same way. It is paramount we recognise the sizeable impact food and lifestyle choices have on our health. The role of the doctor and the nutritionist is to recognise the individual and their unique genetic and environmental makeup, the impact their choices, active or passive, have on their health and devise a treatment plan accordingly.