What is lifestyle medicine?

“Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent. Lifestyle medicine treats the root cause of chronic disease, not just the symptoms”. (ACLM)

Why is Lifestyle Medicine essential to sustainable health and health care?

The rise in chronic disease trends and related healthcare spending in many countries around the world is unsustainable. Type 2 diabetes alone is a global pandemic with incalculable consequences. Type 2 diabetes and heart disease are now two of the most expensive diseases to manage. Lifestyle medicine is therefore essential for sustainable health and health care.

80% or more of all healthcare costs lifestyle-related 

The good news is that 80% or more of all healthcare costs are linked to lifestyle related diseases. Chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, osteoporosis and multiple types of cancer- are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health conditions.

You cannot outrun a bad diet.

Why does nutrition play a key role in lifestyle medicine? 

More and more people are overweight, have diabetes or are are living with not just one chronic illness but with two or more conditions. Nutrition often has a key role in this. Generally these health problems are based on insulin resistance, which only worsens by continuing to eat fast-absorbing carbohydrates (such as sugary soda, white flour, white rice and degermed cornmeal made from refined grains) and high insulin foods (such as dairy). Too much weight also has much more to do with a poor diet than with lack of exercise. Research says: “Focusing solely on exercise is not the answer to losing weight. Therefore it is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet”.