Textbooks (and Chapters)

Bendich A, Deckelbaum RJ. Preventive Nutrition, 2 nd ed. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2001. A well-written comprehensive textbook on the topic.

Heimburger DC. Nutrition's interface with health and disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 22nd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2004:49-54. Chapter that summarizes the relationship between nutrition and various diseases.

Hensrud DD. Nutrition and Chronic Disease. In: Lang RS, Hensrud DD, eds., Clinical Preventive Medicine , 2nd ed. AMA, Chicago, IL, 2004:183-8. Chapter that summarizes the relationship between nutrition and various diseases.

Review articles


Klein S, Sheard NF, Pi-Sunyer X, Daly A, Wylie-Rosett J, Kulkarni K, Clark NG. American Diabetes Association. North American Association for the Study of Obesity. American Society for Clinical Nutrition. Weight management through lifestyle modification for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes: rationale and strategies. A statement of the American Diabetes Association, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. Am J Clin Nutr 80;2004 :257-63. Joint statement from national organizations that discuss lifestyle prevention measures, including nutrition, to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Hu FB, Willett WC. Optimal diets for prevention of coronary heart disease. JAMA 2002;288:2569-78. Reviews metabolic, epidemiologic, and clinical trial evidence regarding diet and CHD prevention.

Original reports

Stampfer MJ, Hu FB, Manson JE, Rimm EB, Willett WC. Primary prevention of coronary heart disease in women through diet and lifestyle. N Engl J Med 2000;343:16-22. Observational study that reported 82% of CHD in women is potentially preventable due to lifestyle including nutrition.

Kant AK, Schatzkin A, Graubard BI, Schairer C. A prospective study of diet quality and mortality in women. JAMA 2000;283:2109-15. Observational study that reported a strong relationship between following a diet consistent with current dietary recommendations and protection against death.

Sacks FM, Svetkey LP, Vollmer WM, Appel LJ, Bray GA, Harsha D, Obarzanek E, Conlin PR, Miller ER 3 rd , Simons-Morton DG, Karanja N, Lin PH. DASH-Sodium Collaborative Research Group. Effects on blood pressure of reduced dietary sodium and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. DASH-Sodium Collaborative Research Group. N Engl J Med 344;2001:3-10. Multi-center clinical trial demonstrating a significant blood pressure lowering effect in patients with and without hypertension of a dietary pattern consisting of increased amounts of vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy products, and decreased red meat and salt consumption.

Seminal papers

McGinnis JM, Nestle M. The Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health: policy implications and implementation strategies. Am J Clin Nutr 1989;49:23-8. Seminal report that reviewed the evidence between diet and chronic disease and recommended specific dietary changes to reduce the risk that should be implemented through policies and programs.

Websites

Dietary Guidelines for Americancs
Seventh report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure Guidelines