I was catching up on my New York Times health page reading and came across this article from a few days ago: Teaching Doctors About Nutrition and Diet.
The crux of the article is that only a quarter of medical schools offer the recommended 25 hours of instruction in nutrition, down from 40 percent six years ago. This comes at at time when there is an upsurge in chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity that have big honking links to how people eat (note: the hallowed New York Times did not use the phrase “big honking.”)
“You can’t just keep writing out script after script after script of new medications when diet is just as important as drugs or any other treatment a patient may be using.” ~ Katherine Chauncey, R.D.
This is why I ant to study nutrition and become a Registered Dietitian. It drives me nuts that so many people could prevent or control diseases with really nasty potential complications like heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, foot loss, etc. if they ate properly and moved more!!!!!
Of course, I also want to help people who are already pretty healthy become even healthier (reaching toward that pinnacle of optimal health…one bite at at time.
One day, I will be able to help. For now, I’m slogging along…one science class at a time.