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Healthcare Providers Want to Learn More about Diet, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention



As the obesity epidemic continues to grow, it is imperative that healthcare providers and their patients are well versed in methods to combat the disease as well as associated comorbidities. And now, a recent survey shows the willingness of healthcare providers to increase their knowledge on this subject. 

A 28-question survey, created by a team from the NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, was administered to more than 200 cardiologists and internal medicine physicians and trainees. The survey was created to find gaps in nutritional knowledge as well as evaluate the attitudes and practices of physicians in regards to diet and cardiovascular disease. What they found was the majority was open to additional training and thought it would improve their patient care. 

Most of the survey respondents — 78 percent — were open to additional training and thought it would result in better patient care. Just over half of the physicians said they currently spend three minutes or less educating patients on diet and lifestyle.

Overall, the survey sheds light on the physicians’ understanding of nutritional principles, their practical knowledge, and the frequency the provider refers a patient to a dietitian or nutritionist. (Most of the physicians didn't routinely refer their patients to a dietitian or nutritionist.) Information gathered from survey will hopefully help providers and ultimately help their patients. It’s a step in the right direction for us to better understand diet and cardiovascular disease and use the information to better treat and prevent comorbidities in patients.

“The fact that most physicians would welcome additional training in diet is a useful — and hopeful — finding of the study. It speaks to where we are now in medicine. Patients, too, are looking for additional ways to improve their cardiovascular risk,” says Nichole Harkin, MD, chief cardiology fellow at the NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease.

If you are one of the many healthcare professionals interested in increasing your knowledge of diet and lifestyle change for your patients, join us at the 7th Annual Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference in Baltimore, July 23-25, 2015. It’s the most comprehensive conference available. Visit www.Obesity-conference.com to learn more. 

Source: NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine



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2015 Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference Offers 25.25 Available CE Credits


Dannemiller, supported by an educational grant from Robard Corporation, will be holding its 2015 Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference from July 23-25, 2015. The 7th annual conference provides remarkable and unmatched insight into the world of obesity by some of the best minds in the industry.

With 30 obesity management lectures, the conference boasts a wealth of topics, including treatment of obesity-related eating disorders, optimal management of the pre-and-post bariatric surgery patient, the link between obesity and cancer, and many more.

25.25 available CE Credits will be available to attendees of the conference, making this an ideal event for physicians, surgeons, psychologists, nurses, dietitians, behaviorists, and other professionals to attend, as well as it being a great opportunity to network with numerous healthcare professionals throughout the country. 

This year, the conference will held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information regarding agenda and speakers, testimonials, or to register for the Early Bird Rates, visit www.obesity-conference.com.

Also, click here to take a look at the highlight video of last year’s conference for a peek into what the conference has to offer!

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The New Era of Obesity Treatment


John Hernried, MD, FACP (pictured, above), provides some insights into what it’s like to dedicate a medical practice to treating weight loss exclusively, and how an obesity conference is an opportunity to learn the business as well as earn continuing medical education credits in the process. 

In recent years, there has been a confluence of factors that has made the business of treating obesity attractive to the medical community in the United States.

These factors include: the American Medical Association’s decision to recognize obesity as a disease in 2013; the statistics claiming millions of Americans are being classified as overweight or obese; and the rise of medical modalities to treat obesity including new medications, bariatric surgeries, and medical diets.

John Hernried, MD, FACP solely treats obesity at his practice, The Hernried Medical Weight Loss Center. Hernried and his staff take a comprehensive approach that addresses the whole person including the underlying causes of obesity with a team of providers that include dietitians, behavioral therapists, nurse practitioners, and exercise physiologists.

In addition to running a successful weight loss practice, Hernried is the course director of the 2015 Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference that is going to be held July 23-25 in Baltimore.

Medical conferences such as the Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference can be an excellent way for medical providers to learn, network, and begin a plan to offer medical weight loss in their practices, according to Hernried.

In this interview, Hernried talks about his medical weight loss practice as well as discussing why providers should consider attending the obesity conference this year. 

Can you talk about your practice and what you do in terms of treating obesity?
My practice is fully focused on treating obesity and the comorbidities associated with obesity, including disease states such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s been a practice that has been in existence for 30 years and I have been associated with the practice for the last 15 years.

We maintain a multi-disciplinary treatment model with a multiple provider care team that includes: dietitians, physicians, nurse practitioners, and exercise specialists. We all work together using several different treatment modalities, including intensive dietary therapy, behavioral management, surgery and pharmacological therapy--if it is indicated.

What made you decide to dedicate your practice to treating obesity?
I started off in primary care as an internist working in an office and a hospital. I came into practice during the "thin era," and I was taught that people with weight issues were simply lying to us. They were eating too much, not exercising, or simply being lazy. And yet, I saw the struggles of these patients including some with unmanaged diabetes, heart attacks, and other obesity-related health issues. And I would hear their stories when they came into the clinic, and I knew there had to be much more to it.

That’s when I started treating obesity as the core medical issue, and this has helped my patients with their other medical issues. Now, instead of adding new medications as part of patients’ regimens, I usually have them reducing their medications. That is a lot more fun for me when I can tell people to stop taking a medicine. 

We now know a lot more about obesity as a complex disease, and this provides me with a scientific interest in treating the disease. We have discovered some of the pathways to obesity and subsequently some newer treatments. For example, an existing diabetes medicine was recently approved for weight loss.

Can you talk about the importance of treating obesity as it relates to healthcare reform?
Yes, the obesity levels in the United States are at epidemic proportions, and they are not showing signs of improving. It is a huge cost not only to the healthcare system, but to employers. It has a dramatic effect on absenteeism in the workplace. One of the things we know is that for every dollar invested in obesity treatment it results in a four dollar return of investment in terms of reduced healthcare costs and improved productivity.

And of course there is also an immeasurable aspect to treating obesity, which is the improved quality of life for my patients.

Can you talk about the business of obesity? What are the advantages for medical providers to get into the obesity treatment field?
We know patients are searching for quality medical solutions for weight loss, and that patients really trust their medical providers. We are in an era where practices are increasingly strained in terms of revenue, and treating obesity can offer a great opportunity for medical providers to reach out to their own patients to help them lose weight and augment their practice; it can be a wonderful marriage between providers and patients.

We also see there is increasing reimbursement for obesity care, which didn’t exist before.

Lastly, there are many good options for weight management treatment, which include medications, surgery options, and medical diets.

Speaking about the business of obesity, you are the course director of the 2015 Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference, which will be held in Baltimore July 23-25. For those providers who are not currently treating obesity, but may be interested in doing so, do you recommend they attend a conference like this one?
I think this conference is ideal, because we give them an understanding of what is needed to begin a weight loss business. It also allows them to network with people who are practicing clinical weight management and can give them some insights into the business. The conference is less theoretical and more practical in terms of how to run an obesity practice.

How is this conference different from others?
This conference offers something for medical providers at every level. For those providers who are curious about offering weight management, they can come away with practical solutions to getting going; it is germane for those providers who are newer to the obesity business and have a small weight loss business already and want to learn how to grow their businesses; and it’s also for experienced providers who have been treating obesity for years, because this conference offers networking opportunities and discussions of new weight loss techniques.

There is an academic component to the conference, so continuing education is another important aspect to it.

Ultimately, we are looking to attract the interested clinicians who want to develop weight loss modalities as part of their practice and give them the direction they need at whatever stage they are in for their business development.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Obesity Treatment and Prevention conference. To register or find out more information about the conference, click here.

Interview by: John Parkinson, Clinical Content Coordinator, DiabetesCare.net.

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