Lifestyle medicine is defined as the application of environmental, behavioral, medical and motivational principles to the management of lifestyle-related health problems in a clinical setting. It is an established branch of medicine where we discuss lifestyle's contribution to health in addition to non-drug intervention in the treatment and management of lifestyle diseases such as exercise in diabetes mellitus and weight management in obesity.
Lifestyle medicine is often prescribed in conjunction with a typical medical approach. An example would be a diabetic patient who may be on medication to help control the blood glucose levels in the short term might also be prescribed a lifestyle intervention of a healthy diet and exercise to assist in the long term management of their pathology.
For individuals who suffer from chronic illness, Lifestyle medicine should be considered. Here is a list of conditions in which Lifestyle medicine should be considered:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Alzheimer's disease
- Hormone imbalance
- Low sex drive
- Stress-related symptoms
- Poor memory or lack of mental clarity
- And many others
In our office we offer not only products to better manage your health condition, and lose weight, we also offer a comprehensive customized approach to help you with Lifestyle related diseases. For example we offer the modified Mediterranean diet plan, and the Low Carb Healthy Fat (LCHF) plan as offered at Duke University Lifestyle Medicine clinic.
Both Dr. Diamond and Dr. Denny are certified in FirstLine Therapy, a Lifestyle medicine certification through Metagenics, a worldwide leader in Lifestyle medicine education. Please call the office today to learn more about Lifestyle medicine and how it can change your life and ask for a complimentary consultation to discuss your concerns.
Can diabetes actually be reversed? Please see what Jason Fung, M.D., who is a practicing nephrologist has to say: Jason Fung, MD, Nephrologist of Reversing Diabetes