The country may be focused on the COVID-19 pandemic but as BANT members know, another epidemic of growing proportions is afflicting the nation, Type 2 Diabetes (TD2). BANT was initially delighted to be informed that SACN was reviewing its recommendations in relation to lower carbohydrate diets for adults with TD2, but this turned to dismay when the draft report was published for consultation and it became apparent that highly selective criteria had been used, giving rise to a potential misrepresentation of the outcomes.
Some of the key points in BANTs response to SACN published consultation included the fact that body weight, which is neither a symptom or a marker for T2D, was set as a primary outcome, skewing the analysis and potentially ignoring evidence for recommendations for a significant subset of the population with T2D who are not overweight e.g. some BAME populations.
Secondary outcomes such as blood pressure were omitted from evidence, but should be included, given the report defines reduction of blood pressure as a measure of dietary intervention success.
Additionally, as stated by SACN in their report, their framework was not established for making recommendations on clinical conditions. In this context, BANT considers that the framework should be amended to allow evidence from clinical practice, so far excluded, to ensure recommendations which enable clinicians to provide a patient-centred standard of care which is logical and reasonable.
Whilst the on-going Sars-CoV-2 pandemic has raised the profile of the general metabolic health of the nation and the increased risk to BAME populations, the reality is that these fundamental health disparities have existed for decades and BANT has been campaigning on this issue since its foundation in 1997.
BANT has campaigned long and hard for the Government and policy makers to put improving the nation’s health at the centre of their health manifesto and welcomes the Prime Minister’s acknowledgement that his own recent health crisis has made him aware that a libertarian approach to the epidemic that is both obesity and metabolic conditions, is not only risking the lives of many of the most at risk communities, but adding to the burden placed on our precious NHS.
BANT, since its foundation in 1997, has continuously called out for a different approach to the obesity crisis and has suggested: education about healthy eating; how diet and lifestyle can influence health over the short and long-term; and promotion by Government Agencies of the consumption of healthy ingredients and of foods and ingredients that are not ultra-processed.
Mr Johnson’s U-turn is the first step in the right direction and will set the background for establishing the changes needed to engender a long-term cultural shift which allows healthy behaviour adaptations to an environment that offers so many opportunities for unhealthy indulgence either knowingly or in ignorance. Evidence-based research is unanimous in its findings that the ultra-processed food and drink category is bad for human health. Healthcare policy that acknowledges this would be a good second step. The question we should be asking on behalf of lower income families is: why are many healthier food choices expensive and convenience food so cheap?
The causes of obesity are multifactorial and can include increased stress levels, systemic low-grade inflammation, lack of exercise, and choice of foods and their preparation/cooking methods, amongst others. There is growing evidence that minimally processed foods like non-starchy vegetables and fruit are more satiating and elicit less of a glycaemic response than ultra-processed foods, so prevalent in typical British diets. Additionally, minimally processed foods are associated with a decreased risk of cardio-metabolic disease.
BANT continues to promote its Wellbeing Guidelines campaign to encourage the British people to eat more individual ingredients and unprocessed food. Going back to some old-fashioned values, such a family meal times, and improving the nations cooking skills to use fresh ingredients, will go a long way to help the obesity targets and health of the individuals.
July 2020 CPD Opportunities
As we approach the summer, the CPD Committee is receiving fewer applications from training providers for recognition. This is normal and will doubtless pick up again in August and September. There are a few webinars to view – see below – or why not consider signing up for some longer on-line courses which have been screened by the committee for quality? We have listed a few for you below to check out, including topics on genetics, sport and digestive health.
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From Discovery Calls to Long Term Retention: How to Convert and Onboard Your 1:1 Clients for Life
This webinar will address a different and far more profitable approach to all the important steps of the 1:1 consultation process including:
- how to convert someone over the phone on a discovery call
- how to deliver a package-based coaching model online with frequent touchpoints
- how to minimise your time but maximise your prices
- what resources and report writing should be involved
- how much to share with them
- what NOT to share with them
- how to ensure they become a long term client and advocate
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This opinion piece discusses the importance of DIET to support GENERAL HEALTH and the IMMUNE SYSTEM in particular, to minimise the impact of COVID-10. Possible long-term impacts are also considered.
This study has been BANT enhanced on the NUTRITION EVIDENCE database to provide a full plain language summary to allow quick and easy access to the science. Read it here
NUTRITION EVIDENCE is open access and FREE so please have a browse through some other content whilst you are there http://www.nutrition-evidence.com
If you like what you see, why not register as a user of Nutrition Evidence and receive monthly expert-generated alerts on the latest findings in nutrition science? The next alert is due out soon so sign up quickly, so you don’t miss out! Click on Subscribe on the database homepage.
Government will soon be announcing further measures to ease the lockdown measures but at this time CNHC continues to recommend that Nutritional Therapy Practitioners in England, Scotland and Wales will continue to work remotely while those in Northern Ireland may return to their clinics on the 6th of July, if they are able to maintain the required distancing measures and follow the previously provided guidance to ensure the safety of the practitioner and the client. Those of you in Guernsey please follow your local guidelines.
In preparation for return to face-to-face consultation, please familiarise yourself with CNHC guidelines about return to face-to-face practice. It is important to follow your Regulatory and Professional body guidance to maintain the validity of your Professional Liability Policy. Balens guidance can be found here.
To aid your return to face-to-face consultations, when the time is right, BANT has prepared a symptoms check document for your clients to sign prior to the appointment. As per CNHC guidelines, check with clients 24 hours in advance of any appointment if they or anyone in their household is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
Stay safe and respect the guidelines that are provided for your, your family’s and your clients safety.
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BANT has continuously called out for a different approach to the UK’s health with a focus on how diet and lifestyle can influence health and promotion by Government Agencies of the consumption of healthy ingredients and foods that are not ultra-processed.
Lowering British food standards goes against everything BANT stands for and we urge all our followers to sign the NFU petition now to protect our food standards and our health. Sign here
Do you have strong organisational skills?
Are you experienced in coordinating meetings?
Would you like to develop your network of NT’s in your local area?
Are you based in Cornwall, Devonshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire or Yorkshire?
We are looking for new Local Network Coordinators who have approximately 1-2 hours per week to spare to:
- Be a BANT point of contact for members in the area. This keeps an important line of communication open between BANT and its members
- Arrange at least 2-4 meetings per year that support local practitioners and students
- Source speakers for each meeting to present on a specific health or business-related topic
- Set an Agenda that reflects local interests, for example, group support and advice, speaker presentation, case study discussion, practice-related issues
- Coordinate meeting venue, refreshments, and logistics
- Communicate with local nutritional therapists to promote local meeting events
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In addition, you will:
- Have an excellent opportunity to network with other NT’s in your local area
- Obtain CPD points from attendance at local Network Meetings
If you are interested in this role and would like further information, please contact the Volunteer Manager, Lara Seago on [email protected] with an up-to-date copy of your CV.
Underlying health conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, significantly increase the risk of severity of COVID-19. This study discusses potential preventative NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES.
This study has been BANT enhanced on the NUTRITION EVIDENCE database to provide a full plain language summary to allow quick and easy access to the science. Read it here https://www.nutrition-evidence.com/article/32276137?term=32276137
NUTRITION EVIDENCE is open access and FREE so please have a browse through some other content whilst you are there http://www.nutrition-evidence.com If you like what you see, why not register as a user of Nutrition Evidence and receive monthly expert-generated alerts on the latest findings in nutrition science? The next alert is due out soon so sign up quickly, so you don’t miss out! Click on Subscribe on the database homepage.
This spring under the COVID-19 cloud has changed how we connect with each other, be that with our clients, our peers or loved ones, and as a result, we have seen an increase in online consultations and events to stay connected, while also staying safe.
BANT AGM 2020 was no different! BANT recorded a concise 1-hour online presentation with highlights from all BANT workstreams and furthermore, also held a live update about the key organisational changes and a Q&A session on the 16th of May 2020.
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