Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Data show that approximately 80% of deaths related to heart disease are attributable to lifestyle factors, with dietary factors contributing to half of these deaths. Despite this, the average physician has received only 14.3 hours of formal education in nutrition during the training years and is ill equipped to appropriately advise patients. There is growing interest in how food can be used to help manage disease, as many patients seek alternatives to medications. With available data online, understanding healthful eating can be confusing to both patients and clinicians.
Dr. Parks was part of a panel that presented “Food as Medicine” at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Click here to watch the full presentation.