Doctors and other health professionals were put to the test for their nutrition knowledge regarding diet and heart disease.
For me, the most disturbing finding in the latest update on last year on the status of nutrition education in U.S. medical schools, was that compared to the last survey in 2004, the percentage of medical school instructors who think more nutrition education is even needed dropped, from about 9 out of 10 down to about 8 out of 10.
Is it possible that doctors think they know more than they really do? Doctors may think they know enough about nutrition, but do they? Doctors were asked a list of simple questions on diet and cardiovascular disease. Some simpler than others. True or false, does walking and gardening increase physical activity levels? (95% got that right). Good.
On the other hand 71% of health professionals and final year medical students, incorrectly thought that avocadoes had cholesterol.
So, how did they do overall?
What was the average test score of doctors on question relating to diet and cardiovascular disease. Did they get an A+, 97-100% correct? If so, maybe they don’t need any more nutrition training. Or did they just get an A, A-, B, C, C-, D or an F, even, under 65% correct.
What do you think?
They didn't get an A, B, or C. Or even a D. 64% correct. They failed.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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Anyone have any stories of doctors failing to understand basic nutrition? I'm almost afraid to ask. Make sure to check out my previous video on the subject, Doctors’ Nutritional Ignorance.
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Physician-assisted suicide: when doctors give nutrition advice, Nutrition Education in Medicine: a Doctor a Day Keeps the Apples Away, Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or Worst, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk, and Treating Breast Pain with Flax Seeds