Lifestyle Medicine

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine is an evidence-based approach to preventing, treating and managing chronic diseases through lifestyle interventions including diet, exercise, stress reduction, and sleep.

 

Some key principles of Lifestyle Medicine include:

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Lifestyle factors are the primary causes of health and disease. Chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity are largely preventable by optimal lifestyle choices.

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Lifestyle interventions are often more effective than drugs and surgery. Modifying diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management can frequently resolve health issues without medications or procedures.

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Lifestyle medicine utilizes a whole-person, whole-health focus. It considers the impact of all aspects of a patient’s life on health and well-being, not just medical symptoms. The goal is optimal wellness rather than just disease management.

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Lifestyle medicine is personalized and patient-centered. Lifestyle interventions are customized based on each individual’s health conditions, needs, preferences, and life circumstances. The patient is actively involved in the process.

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Lifestyle medicine takes a holistic approach. It views health as encompassing the mind, body, spirit and community. Imbalances in any one area can impact total wellness.

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Education and accountability are key. Lifestyle medicine empowers patients through knowledge and tools to make informed choices, adopt healthy habits and take responsibility for their health and well-being.

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Lifestyle Medicine is a proven, science-based approach that focuses on using lifestyle interventions to prevent, treat, and manage chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. It emphasizes the importance of lifestyle factors such as healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, restorative sleep, social connections and avoidance of risky substances in promoting health and preventing disease.

Lifestyle Medicine focuses on the underlying cause of illnesses, not just the symptoms.

The 6 pillars of Lifestyle Medicine addressing the main factors known to impact health and well-being:

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Whole food, plant-focused nutrition

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Limiting red meat, sugar, refined grains and unhealthy fats.

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Regular physical activity

Engaging in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days. A variety of aerobic exercise, strength, stretching and intensity interval training.

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Restorative sleep

Aiming for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to allow your body and mind to recharge. Practice good sleep hygiene to make getting good sleep a habit.

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Stress management

Using evidence-based techniques like yoga, meditation, mindfulness, journaling or deep breathing to cope with life's stress and anxiety.

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Social connections

Spending quality time with people who support and connect with you. Make time for meaningful interactions, conversations and shared experiences.

Avoidance of risky substances

Limiting or eliminating use of tobacco, excess alcohol, drugs and other addictive substances that damage health.

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