In the US, there are over 900,000 active medical doctors. The vast majority of received almost no nutrition education while at med school. When your doctor tells you to lose weight and eat better, that doesn’t mean she has the necessary tools to advise you how to do it.
This is a shame, because 50 to 80 percent of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease, are correlated with nutrition. A doctor well versed in nutrition could help patients prevent diseases by providing sound and practical advice.
Unfortunately, there is no incentive to prevent disease in the US. There is much more money to be made repairing something that is broken rather than preventing it from breaking down in the first place. Perhaps that is why there are only 90,000 registered dietitians in the US, just a tenth of the number of physicians. RDs make only 25 percent of the money that MDs do.
Worse yet, unless you are already suffering from diabetes or other nutrition related disease, a visit to a dietitian isn’t necessarily covered by your health insurance. Which means you’ll keep getting wrong, partial or no nutrition advice from your doctor.
Yes, the system is rigged against your health. No, don’t lose hope. Find out if you are covered for dietetic consultations. Seek out credible sources of nutrition advice. Educate yourself on nutrition advice and food recommendations. Invest now in eating healthy, and reap the rewards for many decades to come.
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