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Nutrition is key in preventative health

Updated 12 April, 2018


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According to a recent article in the BBC, medical students say they currently learn almost nothing about the way diet and lifestyle affect health - and they should be taught more.

The General Medical Council (GMC), British Medical Journal (BMJ) and a number of medical schools are paying more attention to the part that nutrition can play in preventing and treating a number of health conditions.

Will Hawkins, Push Doctor’s in-house nutritionist, is also on a mission to help support the current and next generation of doctors on how nutrition can be used as a preventative medicine against certain conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and depression.

The NHS is expected to spend over £10 billion on diabetes alone this year, with Dr Rangan Chatterjee who is a GP and presenter of BBC One’s Doctor in the House telling the BBC “The health landscape of the UK has dramatically changed over the last 30 or 40 years and I think the bulk of what I see as a GP now - almost 80% - is in some way driven by our collective lifestyles.”

In his book ‘The Four Pillar Plan’, Dr Chatterjee also states "The future of medicine will be more about doctors being super-generalists, rather than super-specialists. Just as our understanding of the human body is evolving, so the practice of medicine will also need to evolve."

Push Doctor’s Will is working closely with doctors to find ways to improve people’s health through nutrition, and help them live longer, happier lives.  

Follow him on Instagram to keep up to date with Will's mission.

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