WASHINGTON, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Naturopathic doctors (NDs) recognize nutrition as a cornerstone of health and receive an average of 155 classroom hours of nutrition education during medical school. This is according to the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), which today released a new FAQ in partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
Poor diet is the leading preventable risk factor for disability or early death in the United States. But despite this and rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and other nutrition-related diseases, many U.S. healthcare providers are not adequately trained to address nutrition in a way that could help patients build a stronger foundation of health, or even lessen disease progression. Naturopathic doctors' understanding of food as medicine allows them to tailor nutrition to a patient's health concerns.
Nutrition curriculum is covered in a series of rigorous courses in naturopathic medical schools, whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education. Areas of concentration include: macronutrients, micronutrients, dietary assessments, diet types, food attitudes, cultures, socioeconomics, clinical nutrition, diet and nutrient therapy, supplement-drug interaction, and nutrition technology.
"Thanks to their rigorous education and training, NDs provide individualized nutrition assessment and guidance utilizing evidence based recommendations," said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. "They understand how difficult it can be for individuals to change their diets, and take the time to meet patients where they are. Patients are empowered to integrate better nutrition to support optimal health."
The complete FAQ, "What advanced nutrition education do naturopathic doctors receive?" can be found here.
About the Institute for Natural Medicine
The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides public education about naturopathic medicine and increases consumer access to naturopathic doctors. As a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the INM strives to increase consumer and physician choice in safe, effective healthcare that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs. For more information visit www.naturemed.org or call 855-799-4490.
About the AANP
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the professional association that represents licensed naturopathic physicians. The AANP strives to make naturopathic medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at www.naturopathic.org.
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