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What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition

Questions about diet and nutrition and their impact on health are among the most common questions asked by patients of their doctors.

So why aren’t the majority of the nation’s medical schools providing new physicians with education in nutrition and its vital connection to good health?

According to The New York Times:

“Research has increasingly pointed to a link between the nutritional status of Americans and the chronic diseases that plague them. Between the growing list of diet-related diseases and a burgeoning obesity epidemic, the most important public health measure for any of us to take may well be watching what we eat.

But few doctors are prepared to effectively spearhead or even help in those efforts. In the mid-1980s, the National Academy of Sciences published a landmark report highlighting the lack of adequate nutrition education in medical schools; the writers recommended a minimum of 25 hours of nutrition instruction. Now, in a study published this month, it appears that even two and a half decades later a vast majority of medical schools still fail to meet the minimum recommended 25 hours of instruction.”

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