This was the subject of a front page Chicago Tribune article (link below this post) that included the work of the Gaples Institute in promoting the need for doctors to learn more about nutrition – and for dietary counseling to play a larger role in medical care.
Why is it so important that the prescription for nutrition be filled quickly?
- Dietary interventions are powerful: 72% fewer repeat heart problems in those with a history of heart disease after adopting a Mediterranean diet
- We can’t afford not to: eliminating deaths due to heart disease is estimated to save $48 trillion dollars (US national debt is $16 trillion)
- Simple changes make a big difference: 3 servings of strawberries or blueberries/week cuts the risk of a heart attack by 34%
- Physician training in nutrition is very limited: fewer than 25 hours total in med school and none required in later training programs in many specialties-including cardiology
- Doctors are also frustrated: 14% of doctors in hospital training believed they did not receive adequate training in nutrition
The Gaples Institute is helping with the solution: delivering innovative educational programs to health care professionals and the community and advocating for a greater emphasis on integrative medical care.
Read the entire Tribune article: http://trib.in/YbmkXR