2017 UCLA Nutrition Summit Summary
Written by Kenny Deng
Translated by Brian Wang
Clinical Nutrition, the Future of Medicine, The 2017 U.S – China Clinical Nutrition Summit held in UCLA.
The U.S – China Clinical Nutrition Summit, jointly organized by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and the World Association of Chinese Doctors, was successfully concluded at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center on July 6th, 2017. Nearly 20 top clinical experts from major hospitals in China joined the summit together with American nutrition physicians.
In his speech, Consul Lu Xianzhi said that the U.S – China Clinical Nutrition Summit is significantly high-end, which will bring major help for the recovery of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, as well as the rehabilitation of patients with tumors and major surgery.
Professor David Heber, one of the founders of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and the author of the first Nutritional Oncology, Nutritional Oncology, gave a lecture on “Global Nutritional Change: Individualized Nutritional Therapy is Essential”. He emphasized the importance of Clinical Nutrition and development trends, and asserted that Clinical Nutrition is the future of medicine (Clinical Nutrition is the Future Medicine). He believes that the composition of the body can reflects the health of the body more than the body weight. Body composition is closely related to nutrition and exercise, and high protein and fiber diet in most of the time can provide enough energy to better control the weight and to ensure the rationality of body composition.
Professor Shi Hanping pointed out that there are 260 million patients with chronic disease in China, clinical nutrition is the fundamental solution in terms of solving chronic disease. The US medical institutions, such as the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, have made outstanding contributions to chronic disease management and treatment, particularly in the field of cancer nutrition, and are worth learning for Chinese doctors.
Through this summit, Chinese and American experts exchanged ideas on the importance and necessity of Clinical Nutrition from different perspectives. Clinical nutrition not only provides comprehensive support for patient rehabilitation, for many chronic diseases, nutrition therapy is first-line treatment, but also prevention, management and reversal of the most effective means.