31 December 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.

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