Nutrition – A Neglected but Important Course

Doctors in Singapore still have a lot of clout where patients are concerned, in that their opinions are respected more so than say… nurses. In this aspect, doctors are better positioned to bring about and reinforce lifestyle changes in patients suffering from “diseases of maladaptation” such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

Except that they aren’t equipped properly.

Currently in medical school, nutrition is a small part of the COFM (Community, Occupational and Family Medicine) module, is briefly touched upon and forgotten by most students. Yes, students learn that polyunsaturated fatty acids are good for you in certain combinations, that an increase in omega-6 to omega-3 ration is undesirable and that intake of saturated fats is more important in causing hyperlipidaemia/hypercholesterolaemia than intake of cholesterol.

Big deal.

Practical things are what matter. Practical advice is what matters.

Medical students should take a more serious module in nutrition. Organic foods, glycaemic index, preservatives, carbodydrate-protein-fat ratios.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by plhu on December 27, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    the admin thinks that comes under the heading “refer to dietician”


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