AACE Position Statement on Clinical Nutrition and Health Promotion in Endocrinology 2012

The discipline of clinical nutrition is spread over a diverse array of medical and surgical specialties. Many medical societies report both a significant decrease in and an inadequate number of physician members trained in nutrition at a time when the prevalence of many nutrition-related medical conditions is escalating (1,2). The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has an opportunity to develop a strategy to understand barriers to becoming a physician nutrition expert and to create a com-prehensive approach to position itself and its members at the forefront of ambulatory and hospital clinical nutrition. The benefits of healthy nutrition apply to all persons. In 1988, the first Surgeon General’s Nutrition Report on Nutrition and Health stated, “For the two out of three adult Americans who do not smoke and do not drink exces-sively, one personal choice seems to influence long-term health more than any other – what we eat (3).” Optimizing nutrition is important to promote health, prevent disease, and improve clinical outcomes in many common medical disorders.