Moreover, a critical nutritional intervention that takes even less time is for clinicians to make a simple statement to patients that emphasizes nutrition as a priority; and that makes clear that as essential as it is for them to carefully take their prescribed medication, that optimal health also requires attention to nutrition and lifestyle. From there, patients should be directed to appropriate nutrition resources, which could include appropriately trained dietitian/nutritionists, nurses, health-coaches, and chefs.
On being asked about the common questions raised by patients about the nutrition, Dr. Devries said, “many of the questions that patients have are specifically related to what sort of diet they should be on, e.g. a low-fat, a low-carb, or should it be a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free diet”. Physicians should, at minimum, have a solid foundation of nutrition knowledge that will allow them to begin the nutrition conversation with their patient and to make appropriate referrals.