What is lifestyle medicine?
What is lifestyle medicine? Lifestyle medicine uses six kinds of healthy behavior – a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections—to treat chronic conditions like heart diseases, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and multiple types of cancer.
What is a lifestyle medicine clinician? Lifestyle medicine certified clinicians are trained to use lifestyle to treat and reverse chronic disease. A clinician who is certified has passed an exam in lifestyle medicine practice.
What is ACLM? The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is the medical society providing education and certification to clinicians dedicated to the practice of lifestyle medicine as the first and foundational treatment option for patients.
Are you looking for a lifestyle medicine provider? Explore our network of certified lifestyle medicine clinicians near you.
Extensive scientific evidence supports the use of a whole-food, predominantly plant-based diet as an important strategy in the prevention of chronic disease, treatment of chronic conditions, and in intensive therapeutic doses, reversal of chronic illness. Such a diet is rich in fiber, antioxidants, and nutrient dense. Choose a variety of minimally processed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Regular and consistent physical activity combats the negative effects of sedentary behavior. It is important that adults engage in both general physical activity as well as purposeful exercise weekly as part of overall health and resiliency.
Stress can lead to improved health and productivity or it can lead to anxiety, depression, obesity, immune dysfunction and more. Helping patients recognize negative stress responses, identify coping mechanisms and reduction techniques leads to improved wellbeing.
The use of tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption have been shown to increase the risk of chronic diseases and death. Treatments often take time, different approaches and many attempts. Patience and support are an important part of breaking risky substance habits.
Sleep delays/interruptions have been shown to cause sluggishness, low attention span, decreased sociability, depressed mood, decreased deep sleep, decreased caloric burn during the day, increased hunger and decreased feeling of fullness, insulin resistance and decreased performance. Strive for seven (7) or more hours per night for optimal health.
Positive social connections and relationships affect our physical, mental and emotional health. Leveraging the power of relationships and social networks can help reinforce healthy behaviors.
Tools and resources on all six pillars have been created to help fulfill our vision of making Lifestyle Medicine the foundation of a transformed and sustainable system of health care. We hope you’ll benefit from several complimentary resources!
The Story Project | Video Series on the Impact of Lifestyle Medicine
TYPE 2 DIABETES BILL OF RIGHTS
When it comes to facing a diagnosis like type 2 diabetes, patients need as much information as possible to understand that it is not just a disease to be managed or accepted. Patients can sometimes achieve remission and reverse insulin resistance with the right tools and guidance.
Genetics may make type 2 diabetes more likely, but the disease is largely a result of diet and lifestyle choices. Changes in behavior can prevent it from even occurring, and even reverse it once it has occurred.
Patients have the right to be truly informed about all treatment options for type 2 diabetes before consenting to treatment.
If you are a clinician treating patients with type 2 diabetes, you can arm yourself and your patients with the knowledge needed to tackle what is becoming one of the single greatest chronic disease challenges you face today. Learn more.
Evidence overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of Lifestyle Medicine
Decades of research proves conclusively that making healthy lifestyle choices, like eating more unrefined, plant-based foods, is an important strategy in prevention of chronic disease, management of chronic conditions, and promotion of overall health.