Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Transforming Clinical Practice through Patient-Centered Medical Nutrition and Lifestyle Education

The fact that diet contributes significantly to prevention and treatment of disease is now a foregone conclusion. National and international guidelines offer evidence based recommendations advocating nutrients, foods and eating patterns that are most closely associated with reduced risk. Patients assume that physicians are knowledgeable regarding the role of diet in health and that they are trained to counsel patients but in reality most physicians practicing today received little if any nutrition training in medical school. In 1994 NHLBI developed the Nutrition Academic Award and 21 medical schools addressed this issue. Needed now is research to test patient impact of nutrition trained providers in prevention of cardiometabolic diseases

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