What diet doctors should recommend

by Christina on July 25, 2014

Just watched this short video by Michael Greger on Kaiser Permanente’s publication last year about physicians recommending a plant-based diet.

Check it out:

“Too often, physicians ignore the potential benefits of good nutrition and quickly prescribe medications instead of giving patients a chance to correct their disease through healthy eating and active living…

“Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity…

“Despite the strong body of evidence favoring plant-based diets, including studies showing a willingness of the general public to embrace them, many physicians are not stressing the importance of plant based diets as a first-line treatment for chronic illnesses. This could be because of a lack of awareness of these diets or a lack of patient education resources.”

And my favorite line:

“Further research is needed to find ways to make plant-based diets the new normal for our patients and employees.” (emphasis mine)

I also really like the paper’s recommendations for related performance-driven measurable outcomes such as:

  • the percentage of physicians who have completed a course on nutrition that includes a discussion of the benefits of a plant-based diet and exercise;
  • the percentage of our hospitals, cafeterias, and physicians’ meeting facilities that serve meals that are consistent with a plant-based diet;
  • the percentage of patients on a physician panel who are obese and who have completed a course on weight management and nutrition that emphasizes a plant-based diet; and
  • the percentage of patients in a physician panel with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or cardiovascular disease who completed a course on nutrition that emphasizes a plant-based diet.

Kaiser is now providing patient education on plant-based diets — hopefully other providers will follow their lead.

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Chris Palmer July 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

It is unconscionable that doctors are so ignorant about the relationship between diet and disease. Yes, we need to make plant-based diets the new normal. Great post!


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