The aim of this activity is to expand knowledge of GP's and practice staffon the relationship between nutrition and food, inflammation and health by providing the latest evidence regarding the area of dietary management of inflammation. The module will focus on providing practical information that can be applied to patients to answer patient questions, along with providing dietary information to assist with management of inflammation.
Relevance to General Practice
Increased levels of inflammation with ageing underpins natural health decline. However, chronic conditions such as CVD and type 2 diabetes that were previously associated with ageing are now more widespread in younger age-groups, driven by lifestyle factors that induce low-grade, chronic inflammation. Once a person is in a state of increased inflammation, their risk of developing other conditions is also increased.
Chronic inflammation underlies the development of complications associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. Despite research indicating that many GPs feel they are well prepared to treat overweight and obesity, the latest statistics from the 2011-2012 Australia Health Survey show that 63% of Australians are now overweight or obese, with 28% classified as obese; equating to a 3-fold increase over the past 30 years.
Diet and inflammation is an emerging area in nutrition education and there is a need for health professionals to provide evidence based advice.
- Discuss how inflammation is involved in disease development and progression
- Describe the role of nutrition for optimising management of low-grade chronic inflammation.
- Discuss the complex interplay between nutrition, immune function & inflammation, & translation to using a whole-diet approach when providing dietary advice
- Evaluate the complexity and variability of inflammatory responses in non-communicable diseases
- Promote optimal nutrition in patients with an inflammatory conditions by developing and providing handouts and resources.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
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