Teaching Kitchens For Doctors
4 Years of Med School and only 19 hours of nutrition education. Little wonder Doctors have limited knowledge of “food as medicine.” Learning about culinary nutrition in teaching kitchens is now taught in med school. Welcome change is coming.
Are You At Risk?
You have gone in for your annual physical and your primary care physician says you have metabolic syndrome. How does he know? Because your blood test results have given him the facts.
You ask “What’s metabolic syndrome?” He describes the five conditions below as serious risk factors. You can have any one of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together. When you have at least three metabolic risk factors you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
- Waistline- 40 inches or more for men and 35 inches or more for women. This also is called abdominal obesity or “having an apple shape.” Excess fat in the stomach area is a greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
- A high triglyceride level (or you’re on medicine to treat high triglycerides).
- A low HDL cholesterol level (or you’re on medicine to treat low HDL cholesterol). HDL sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk for heart disease.
- High blood pressure (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood pressure). If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage your heart and lead to plaque buildup.
- High fasting blood sugar (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood sugar). Mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.
So you ask “What does this really mean for me?” Well, your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke is increasing with the number of metabolic risk factors you have. More often than not the risk of having metabolic syndrome is closely linked to overweight and obesity. And you may unknowingly be on track for serious illnesses in the near future.
Okay, so now what does your PC physician offer as a prescription? Is it pills, shots, drugs, etc? That is what the pharmaceutical companies are hoping will happen. After all, if you only change your diet they don’t make any money off their pills.
What’s Coming in the Future?
Or, on the other hand, does your PC physician tell you to change your diet? Change your relationship with food? That is what cutting edge medical schools like Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans as well as a few others are now teaching. The goal of these programs is to teach the next generation of physicians and their patients about healthful food preparation and eating as a pleasurable way of life. You can read the entire article here.
“Culinary medicine” sure sounds better than “clinical nutrition.” However, the reality is they are synonymous. Sounds friendlier and conveys a more comprehensive message doesn’t it!
Physicians are beginning to take ownership of our culture’s overweight and obesity problem. They can easily do this by teaching their patients the importance of food quality and quantity being consumed.
And, you can also become pro-active about your own health. For instance, if your PC physician is not aware of culinary medicine introduce him to the term and also to a new program from Europe you recently discovered.
Metabolic Balance®, is that innovative nutrition roadmap program from Europe. A personalized, sophisticated, 20 year clinical researched, practical, scientific solution also based on an analysis of 34 blood values.
You and your PC physician now have a simple, easy to follow, prescription for metabolic syndrome. No pills, shakes, supplements, etc. Just shop at your local grocery store and follow the recommendations of your personalized plan. Re-do your blood tests in 3-4 months and re-evaluate your risk factors. Rinse and repeat in another 3-4 months. There are no guarantees in life, however, the experience of over one million people who have done the program is strong evidence of success.
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