• CebuDoc's Newest Addition: The Cornerstone of Nutrition Intervention

      The innovative nutrition management providing curative and wellness care is now in Cebu Doctors University Hospital as it officially introduces the newest addition to its brand – the Center for Advanced Nutrition.

      "The Center for Advanced Nutrition (CAN) is the newest addition to CebuDoc Group's Wellness Centers. It is the region's first multi-disciplinary nutrition intervention center. We envision CAN becoming the pioneer for other sister hospitals to promote positive nutrition practices," Doctor Potenciano S.D 'Yong' Larrazabal III, CebuDoc Group President and Chairman of the Board, declares.

      The center has two innovative, brand-new machines that determine patients' body water analysis and metabolic needs. These are the Body Water Analyzer 2.0, the first in the Philippines, and the Indirect Calorimetry, the first in Visayas and Mindanao. Both machines aid physicians in developing the most accurate nutrition prescription and provide the most appropriate nutrition support.

      CAN offers seven significant services, including Weight Management, Kidney Care Nutrition, Diabetes Nutrition Therapy, Cancer Nutrition, Meal Planning, Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, and Indirect Calorimetry that serves both inpatient and outpatient with cost just within their reach.

      Introducing the Center for Advanced Nutrition
      The two most common issues that Filipinos are struggling with; are proper diet and nutrition for non-communicable diseases and appropriate nutrition intervention among the sick and hospitalized patient. These are according to the assessment of Doctor Karen Woolbright, Center for Advanced Nutrition Chair.

      CAN will address these common struggles as CebuDoc has always taken its growth most innovatively since its foundation in 1972. This center is a hub that prioritizes nutrition rather than considering it as a last resort. Its goal is to provide the best quality nutrition, at par with the nutrition centers worldwide.

      "Nutrition is a complicated science because it is connected to every body function. What makes the center different is that it is a multi-specialty center that involves the dietician, the nurse, the pharmacist, and all the other subspecialties of physicians. So it focuses on their communication, "Doctor Woolbright said.

      She added that CAN would focus more on continuing education, including the patient, and excellence, making it unique among other nutrition units. It makes sure that the nutrition is up-to-date and based on evidence-based research.

      Body Water Analyzer 2.0 and the Indirect Calorimetry
      Cebudoc's Center for Advanced Nutrition offers the top of line in body composition analysis, which can be used for inpatient and outpatient services.

      The Body Water Analyzer 2.0 (BWA 2.0) is a professional body water analyzer that can help address the need for precise measurement in monitoring body composition and change for nutritional evaluation. In addition, this analyzer can test patients at any given position, whether standing or sitting, in the most desired and comfortable manner, making it the best of all brands.

      "We have the highest-end of the body composition analysis that checks your muscles, fat composition, and water content. So it's not just about weight. It is how healthy you are in your weight. Because you could be in your normal weight but skinny fat," Doctor Woolbright said.

      Meanwhile, Indirect Calorimetry (IC) measures oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production. Dr. Maricel Malazarte, CAN Vice Chair, said the IC is a non-invasive, reliable, and valuable tool in assessing body energy expenditure and fuel utilization.

      "Therefore, indirect calorimetry can be used to optimize the nutritional support in metabolic disorders and to quantify the energy requirements of patients," Doctor Malazarte added.

      It has been emphasized that the center is not just for weight loss but also for those with underlying conditions such as heart problems, renal problems, diabetes, and both IC and BWA 2.0 elevate the field of nutrition management.

      With CAN, You CAN!
      The advocacy of CAN begins and ends with Filipino patients. The center envisioned being the cornerstone of nutrition here in the Philippines. It takes the value on the follow-ups for post-admitted patients as its multi-disciplinary team provides nutrition support and gives direction in emphasizing the need for nutrition.

      " It is vital for Nutrition Support to continue after patients' admission in the hospital, and this is what the Center for Advanced Nutrition can offer to our patients post-discharge," Doctor Malazarte said.

      With this mission, Doctor Woolbright takes pride in outlining this advocacy among the CebuDoc employees.

      "We will start here at CebuDoc Group among our employees and staff to set an example for our patients. With timely nutrition intervention, yes, you can," said Doctor Woolbright.

      Doctor Potenciano 'Yong' S.D Larrazabal III added that being healthy doesn't come with any size. The choice of lifestyle solidifies the definition of one's health.

      "Here at CAN, we don't want our patients to be admitted again. CAN is here, taking the lead to be their partner while they are continuously recovering at home. With CAN, we will address nutritional problems that can help determine the needs of Filipinos. Here in CAN, we will help you attain better curative and wellness nutrition care," the young chairman concluded.
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