[4 min read] 5 science-backed diets to benefit your patients

Diet can have a significant impact on overall health, and a properly managed eating plan can help reduce your patients’ risks of developing serious health conditions and comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Finding an effective diet plan for your patients (and helping them stick to it) can be an important part of enhancing their overall health, managing their current health conditions, and reducing their future risk of disease.

Here are five healthy, science-backed diets.

1. Low-carb, whole-food diet

Patient who need to lose weight, optimise their health, and lower their risk of disease can benefit from the low-carb, whole-food diet. This flexible eating plan – high in vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, fruits, and nuts – allows patients to finetune their carbohydrate intake by minimising starches, sugars, and processed foods.

2. Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is particularly effective for heart disease prevention, emphasising foods commonly eaten in the Mediterranean region prior to the 1900s. It includes lots of vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry, whole grains, legumes, olive oils, and dairy products.

3. Paleo diet

Currently the world’s most popular diet, the paleo diet is helpful for weight loss and overall health improvement, focusing on unprocessed foods resembling those available to our paleolithic ancestors.

4. Vegan diet

Becoming increasingly popular, the health benefits of the vegan diet can include weight loss, improved heart health, and better blood sugar control. It is based exclusively on plant foods, with no animal products. (Note, it is important to consider whether any diet is appropriate for your patients before prescribing it, as all patients are different and require different benefits from their food.)

5. Gluten-free diet

Essential for patients intolerant to gluten, the gluten-free diet excludes foods containing wheat, rye, and barley. This diet can help improve energy levels in some patients.

With a multitude of diets to choose from, many patients can feel overwhelmed and need support identifying a science-backed diet that could actually work for them. Looking at your patients’ specific needs and helping them to form a diet plan based on their individual concerns and goals is the ideal place to start in supporting them on their journey – whether it be for weight loss, overall improved wellbeing, or to reduce future health problems.

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