WHAT DOCTORS DON’T KNOW

Doctors are good at many things but they don’t know much about nutrition. They have very little training in medical school and yet they often dispense, what I would consider to be, bizarre nutritional counseling. I’m going to give you 3 examples that have left me thinking WTF! 11645222-cartoon-doctor

1. When I was going through school to get my nutrition degree, I had to spend many hours in the hospital, counseling patients on specific diets. Before seeing the patient, I would have to look in the medical chart to understand his/her problem and pay attention to the doctor’s notes. One patient I had to talk to was a 35-year-old woman who was 5’4” and weighed 350 pounds. The doctor recommended a healthy diet of 1800 calories for this patient. REALLY? This woman was consuming close to 3000 calories to maintain her current body weight. He was recommending her to slash her daily calories by 60%, which is TOTALLY UNREALISTIC! If I had to bet, I would say that this doctor had NO IDEA what 1800 calories even looked like. His recommendation was absurd. WTF!

2. I have a great podiatrist, who I love. He sees a lot of diabetic clients because often, diabetic patients have foot problems due to poor circulation. I asked him if he talks to his diabetic patients about nutrition. He said “Yes……..I tell them to watch their carbs.” What does this even mean? There is so much confusion already about carbohydrates. People still think that fruits and vegetables are in a separate food group and not part of the carbohydrate family. They are. Diabetics certainly CAN eat carbs—they just have to be careful HOW they eat them and must space them out throughout the day. “Watch your carbs?” WTF!

3. Finally, I have a wonderful client who has high blood pressure. We tried to lower this through diet and exercise and even though she lost weight, her blood pressure was still elevated and she had to start taking medication. Her doctor told her that she needed to  “Tweak her diet” and do better. But the doctor never even asked her what her diet was like to begin with! What if she was a vegetarian who ate almost perfectly???? How could someone tell you to change something when they don’t even know what you’re doing to begin with??? WTF!

So………if you are seeking nutritional counseling, your doctor is not the best source. See a Registered Dietician (RD) or a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). They are the nutrition experts.

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    Diane said,

    Doctors give general comments like eat better or sweat more and expect their patients to understand what to do, the big problem…..most if the doctors don’t know what to do either, which is why they aren’t more specific! Bravo Rhonda, for pulling of the veil on this one


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