Primary Care Nutrition: Writing the Nutrition Prescription

1st Edition

David Heber, Zhaoping Li

CRC Press
Published June 29, 2017
Reference - 370 Pages - 8 Color & 40 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498748339 - CAT# K27091

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Features

  • Written by health practitioners and clinicians for medical doctors
  • Presents practical methods for integrating proper food and nutrition into busy primary care practices
  • Covers nutrition principles linked directly to the medical treatment and prevention of the most common conditions encountered in primary care practice
  • Includes "Brief Nutrition Prescription Reminders" for each common condition prompting its inclusion of nutrition principles into medical practice
  • Discusses nutrition beyond diet alone to include exercise prescriptions and behavioral tools to enhance adherence to recommendations

Summary

This book contains the necessary knowledge and tools to incorporate nutrition into primary care practice. As a practical matter, this effort is led by a dedicated primary care physician with the help of motivated registered dietitians, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, and office staff whether within a known practice or by referral to the community. It is essential that the nutrition prescription provided by the physician be as efficient as possible. While many team members have superior knowledge in the areas of nutrition, exercise, and psychology, the health practitioner remains the focus of patient confidence in a therapy plan. Therefore, the endorsement of the plan rather than the implementation of the plan is the most important task of the physician.

This book proposes a significant change in attitude of primary health care providers in terms of the power of nutrition in prevention and treatment of common disease. It features detailed and referenced information on the role of nutrition in the most common conditions encountered in primary care practice. In the past, treatment focused primarily on drugs and surgery for the treatment of disease with nutrition as an afterthought. Advanced technologies and drugs are effective for the treatment of acute disease, but many of the most common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are not preventable with drugs and surgery. While there is mention of prevention of heart disease, this largely relates to the use of statins with some modest discussion of a healthy diet. Similarly, prevention of type 2 diabetes is the early introduction of metformin or intensive insulin therapy.

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