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As healthcare professionals increasingly face the challenges of lifestyle-related diseases, many prominent doctors have called for medical students and practising doctors to receive mandatory training in evidence-based lifestyle interventions. In one survey that looked at nutrition teaching and practice among medical students and doctors, most respondents felt that their nutrition training was inadequate, with more than 70% reporting having received less than two hours.(1) Only 26% of doctors reported being confident in their nutrition knowledge and 74% gave nutritional advice less than once a month, citing lack of knowledge, time and confidence as the main barriers.
Yet the need for non-pharmacological interventions is clear. Following a 2021 government review(2) it was reported that with at least 10% of prescriptions being pointless or possibly harmful, doctors would be urged to recommend fewer prescription treatments. This is where an understanding of integrative functional nutrition can play an important role.
Integrated functional nutrition is an approach that can help healthcare professionals move their practice beyond a ‘one-size-fits-all’ perspective. Based on a whole-body approach, it focuses on addressing the underlying root cause of symptoms, with personalised diet, nutraceutical and lifestyle interventions being key.
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Read our blogpost: What is functional nutrition?Download our ebook: Conversations on integrating nutrition and lifestyle into medical practice
References: 1. Doi.org//10.1136/bmjnph-2019-000049 2. National overprescribing review report - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 3. Extracted from What is Integrative Medicine?: Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (arizona.edu)