Lifestyle Medicine is the evidence-based Rx for treatment, reversal and prevention of chronic disease.
Lifestyle medicine is health, hope and healing—educating, equipping and empowering patients to protect their health, prevent disease and, often, even treat and reverse disease through the power of their own lifestyle choices.
Lifestyle medicine modalities, used in combination to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse lifestyle-related, chronic disease have been shown to be both clinically efficacious and cost-effective.
In line with the tenets of value-based care, a 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that type 2 diabetic patients were 5.75 times more likely to experience remission from intensive lifestyle intervention compared to those receiving traditional diabetes support and education.
Evidence shows that our dietary lifestyle itself is the primary driver and root cause of much of the chronic disease that’s all too prevalent in the U.S. and around the world.
A predominantly plant-based, whole food, minimally processed dietary lifestyle is crucial to sustainable human health, sustainable health care, and a sustainable world in which we’re adding years to lives and life to years, reining in healthcare spending, preserving our natural resources, combatting deforestation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, proactively creating a food system that will enable us to feed what soon will be over nine billion people on the face of the earth.
Diseases such as T2D can be classed as food-borne illness that’s preventable, treatable, and often reversible, through Lifestyle Medicine.
Lifestyle Medicine addresses all four aspects of The Quadruple Aim,which adds improving the work life of health care providers, including clinicians and staff, to what Berwick and colleagues articulated as a way to optimize health system performance—enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs.
Lifestyle medicine reinvigorates the passion for why clinicians chose medicine as their profession—to become true healers.
Physicians are the gatekeepers of lifestyle recommendations: For every doc who has the paradigm-shift, he or she has exponential impact in reaching thousands of patients.
Lifestyle Medicine will be the “secret sauce” to real health care reform, as it equals value-based care through improved patient outcomes and cost savings.