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Nutritional Counseling

Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single therapy/approach. So this section "spotlights" just five - providing a taste of the research available. They were not selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • A National Institute of Health Research systematic review (29 randomized controlled trials) concludes nutritional counseling improves dietary habits, and more intensive counseling aimed at higher risk patients produces even larger changes in behavior.
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  • A Cleveland Clinic (US) study (894 participants) found cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic children can be significantly reduced with screening and nutritional counseling.
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  • A University Medical Center Utrecht (Netherlands) randomized trial (134 adults) found nutritional counseling resulted in modest weight-loss in overweight adults, which was sustained up to 12 months.
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  • A Glostrup University Hospital (Denmark) randomized trial (involving 60 doctors and 339 patients) - comparing the effectiveness of nutritional counseling from a doctor (GP) vs. a dietician - found that weight loss was greater in the dietician group, while the reduction of cardiovascular risk scores was higher for GP group, and for obese patients, long-term nutritional counseling by a dietician was superior.
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  • A controlled study by Universit├Ąt Innsbruck (Austria) revealed that combining exercise and nutritional counseling led to significant weight loss in obese children, even without caloric reduction.
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