Understanding the role of nutrition in preventing non-communicable diseases and supporting planetary health
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence and practice    

Understanding the role of nutrition in preventing non-communicable diseases and supporting planetary health

Tracey Lewarne Course leader, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition, Biology, Bath Spa University, Bath, England

Why you should read this article
  • To recognise the link between obesity and the risk of developing non-communicable diseases

  • To understand the effects of diet on metabolism in individuals and the benefits of a personalised approach to nutrition

  • To learn how to promote foods to patients that reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases and sustain planetary health

Obesity is a multifaceted, long-term condition associated with a range of serious consequences, including an increased risk of non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. This article discusses the multiple factors that can influence an individual’s dietary choices. It describes the different effects of diet on metabolism and the gut microbiome between individuals, and explains the benefits of a personalised approach to nutrition. The article also identifies foods that nurses and other healthcare professionals can promote to patients and service users that reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases and can support planetary health.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11814

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

t.lewarne@bathspa.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Lewarne T (2022) Understanding the role of nutrition in preventing non-communicable diseases and supporting planetary health. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11814

Published online: 07 February 2022

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