[PHNUTR-L] Panel discusses effect of individualized diets on
chronic disease risk
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com
Tue Apr 5 06:19:09 PDT 2005
Colleagues, the following is FYI and does not necessarily reflect my own
opinion. I have no further knowledge of the topic.
Public release date: 4-Apr-2005
Contact: Kristy Babb
kbabb at dairycouncilofca.org
Dairy Council of California
Panel discusses effect of individualized diets on chronic disease risk
San Diego, CA – April 4, 2005 – Today at the 2005 Experimental Biology
Conference, the Dairy Council of California sponsored a
thought-provoking symposium titled "Individualized nutrition as a tool
to prevent and treat chronic disease." During the symposium attended by
over 250 people, researchers, health professionals, nutritional
scientists, and a panel of experts discussed how the progression from
broad, population-based guidelines to more finely-tuned dietary
recommendations and specific food choices will ultimately result in an
improvement in health and chronic disease prevention across the population.
Dr. Johanna Dwyer, National Institutes of Health, commenced the
symposium by providing an overview of the past, present and future of
individualized dietary recommendations. Specifically she noted that the
interest in optimizing health is high and that more sophisticated
consumers will expect and demand more tailored food choices. This
presents a great opportunity for the nutrition community; however, she
cautioned that if the nutrition community does not move on this topic
others will in a less scientific and credible fashion.
She also noted that the individualization movement has been driven by
consumer demand, individual preferences, the need for personal ownership
of health, readiness for change, reducing chronic disease and optimizing
In his presentation, symposium speaker Dr. Bruce German, University of
California Davis, reminded the audience, "… it is possible and necessary
to apply our emerging understanding of an individual's health status to
individualize their diet and match specific foods and their components
to health needs." He discussed the need for a new definition of health
that encompasses not just freedom from disease but protection from
pathogens, prevention of chronic disease, attaining optimal metabolism
and improving performance.
German added that technology is one factor driving the movement towards
increased individualization, and ultimately will enable the application
of it. "Technology will play a vital role in the increasing demand
toward individualized dietary recommendations," said German. "Consumers
at an increasing rate are purchasing products that they believe will
best meet their individual nutritional needs and technology will lead
the way in determining what those needs are."
Although there are some basic nutritional guidelines that people should
follow, one population-based diet will not work for everyone according
to Dr. Ron Krauss, Children's Hospital Center. During his presentation
he elaborated on this point, showing lipid research which has identified
types of diets that work for different genotypes of people. For example,
in some individuals a low-fat diet can actually be harmful to heart health.
Dr. Myles Faith from the University of Pennsylvania concluded the
symposium by discussing the need for a behavior change approach in
helping people understand and apply an individualized tactic to obesity
prevention and treatment. Using an individualized approach to prevent
and treat obesity can be practiced in many arenas beyond the traditional
one-on-one counseling. These arenas include public health, policy,
research, HMOs and other large agencies and education organizations.
Optimal results will be obtained if efforts are coordinated across all
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD < fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com >
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