Sunday, December 31, 2000

Future of Nutrition and Chronic Disease

As another keynote lecture at American College of Nutrition Conference, David JA Jenkins of St Michael's Hospital discussed how nutrition could have a role along with powerful drugs in the future in chronic disease.

- Recent hard end-point trials and cohort studies in diabetes have indicated deficiencies in drug therapies and unintended consequences in terms of CHD and cancer risk
- Dietary mantra have also been questioned in relation to saturated fat and CHD risk
- New diagnostic imaging techniques now allow these issues to be addressed through direct visualization and quantification of outcomes a relatively small subject numbers, suitable to nutrition intervention

He also spoke about the advantages of an eco-Atkins diet.

"I don't think we use our guts enough," says Jenkins, noting that a high-fiber, simian diet forces us to use more of our intestine.