Doctors and cardiologists need to learn about nutrition

There is a good movement starting to happen around the medical world with young doctors appearing who are interested in disease prevention through diet and lifestyle changes – rather than drug therapy once someone is sick. Bring it on. 

An article in Medscape Cardiology says: 

“A commentary in the September 2014 issue of the American Journal of Medicine criticized the deficiency of nutrition education in medical training.” 

“Citing a 2013 report on US health that identified dietary factors as the single most significant risk factor for disability and premature death, the authors (who included diet gurus Drs. Dean Ornish and Andrew Weil) call for changes in medical school curriculum to address the deficit.” 

“Lead author Stephen R. Devries, MD, said “It's been clear to me for some time that nutrition has not been high on the radar in clinical cardiology. I know from my own training 25 years ago that I received essentially no education in nutrition in 3 years of internal medicine residency and 4 years of cardiovascular fellowship training. Unfortunately, despite the knowledge gained in the interim about the link between nutrition and health, very little has changed regarding the paucity of nutrition education over the past 25 years. It struck me as a peculiar paradox that clinical practice guidelines highlight the primary importance of nutrition and lifestyle, yet the physicians who are expected to implement these guidelines receive absolutely no education in these areas during their residency and subspecialty training...” 

Full article here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/830697?nlid=65023_1842&src=wnl_edit_medp_wir&uac=170000HZ&spon=17#2

 

Posted: Wednesday 8 October 2014