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Professor Liz Isenring, Head of Bond University’s Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program, discusses why Medical Nutrition Management is the must-know information for GPs wanting to address underlying conditions and work towards solutions that will improve patient outcomes. Continue reading “[WEBINAR] Medical Nutrition Management with Prof Liz Isenring”
The World Health Organisation reports that there is a strong relationship between diet and some major chronic diseases. Here are just five of the conditions general practitioners commonly see in primary care that can be better managed when patients receive effective medical nutrition support from their GP. Continue reading “[6 min read] 5 conditions better managed with nutrition care in general practice”
As a general practitioner, you are in an ideal position to talk with patients about weight management. Here is how you can address this sensitive topic in your day to day practice.
Why talk with your patients about their weight?
Around 63 per cent of Australian adults are obese. Excess weight puts people at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, cancer, and a host of other chronic conditions. Research shows that even a modest weight loss of 5 per cent can be beneficial to a patient’s health. Continue reading “[8 min read] Talking to your patients about weight management”
Recently, there has been growing interest in the ketogenic diet. Do you have the knowledge to deal with the increasing number of patients asking whether the diet is safe and recommended for them?
Despite the recent hype, the ketogenic (or keto) diet has actually been used in medicine for almost 100 years to treat epilepsy, especially in children. It was popularised in the 1970s by Dr Robert Atkins’ very low carbohydrate diet for weight loss that began with a strict two-week ketogenic phase and, over the years, other fad diets have incorporated a similar approach for weight loss. Continue reading “[8 min read] Do your patients ask you about the keto diet?”
Why is it worthwhile for general practitioners to be knowledgeable in nutrition?
GP visits for chronic disease management increased substantially between 1998 and 2008. Patients presenting for the management of hypertension increased from 8.3 to 9.9 per 100 encounters; type 2 diabetes mellitus from 2.6 to 3.7; and lipid disorders from 2.5 to 3.7. In 2010, chronic disease management made up over a third of consultations for GPs. Continue reading “[5 min read] The importance of nutrition care in general practice”