Doctors need to be learning more about diet and nutrition in medical school, says a study out of Griffith University in Australia and published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.
Globally, 11 million deaths annually are attributable to poor diet, making it the leading risk factor for death across the world.
The 24 reviewed studies from the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia, consistently found that medical students wanted to receive nutrition education to develop their skills in nutrition care but perceived that their education did not equip them to do so.
Dr Lauren Ball authored the study and announced: “It is clear that despite the importance of nutrition for healthy lifestyles, graduating medical students are not supported with the required nutrition knowledge to be able to provide effective nutrition care to patients–a situation that has gone on for too long. Nutritional education for medical students must be improved and made a compulsory and meaningful part of the curriculum to support future doctors for the 21st century.”
Hear, hear! I couldn’t agree more!
But in the meantime, we need to look beyond our doctors to learn how to care for ourselves in order to avoid having to go to the doctor in the first place.
That’s why I began my nationwide dietary therapy clinic in 2010. I recognized that even if doctors want to make dietary recommendations, they don’t have the time to work with each person individually to tailor it to their needs.
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