I am amazed that seven out of 10 deaths are caused by disease that can be prevented or treated with changes in diet and lifestyle. Most people don’t know this information, in fact most medical schools practically ignore subject matters around nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
The ENRICH Act or Expanding Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare is intended to change that. Read more and take action.
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine shows patients who receive an extra 5.5 minutes in primary care visits to talk about nutrition lose 5 pounds, lower saturated fat intake, and improve LDL cholesterol levels. For exercise, in one study, physical activity among patients increased after receiving physician advice.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – Nine out of 10 physicians believe that nutrition counseling should be part of primary care visits, but less than 15 percent feel qualified to offer it. At the same time, more than half of graduating medical students rate their nutrition knowledge as “inadequate.”
We need doctors to understand that seven out of 10 chronic diseases can be avoided or reversed.