What is lifestyle medicine?
When it comes to your health, we can apply Benjamin Franklin’s famous adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that uses therapeutic lifestyle treatments as a primary modality to treat various and chronic conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
When clinicians and physicians are certified in lifestyle medicine, they analyze the evidence and apply scientific methods to determine non-invasive methods of treatment that are focused on treating the problems rather than the symptoms. When done properly, they can even reverse these conditions rather than just treating them. At the foundation of lifestyle medicine are six pillars: a whole-food, plant-predominant diet, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connections.