Did you know? Up to 80% of chronic disease can be prevented, improved, or treated with lifestyle intervention.
Weight management – Obesity is a complex, chronic, and progressive disease. There is a significant genetic component. Lifestyle medicine has a crucial role in the management of this disease, especially in the prevention for at-risk patients. It is also a critical component to whole patient care and good outcomes for patients who are on medications, such as Saxenda or Ozempic, that have been prescribed by their GP or Consultant Endocrinologist. Lifestyle medicine is not “eat less, move more”.
Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes – There is strong evidence that for many patients, lifestyle medicine interventions can help reduce complications from diabetes, and often push pre-diabetes and diabetes into remission.
Heart Disease – For patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke, that includes patients with high blood pressure or high cholesterol, lifestyle interventions are very effective at reducing that risk.
PCOS – Lifestyle interventions are first-line therapy in the current international evidence-based guidelines for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
Mental Health: Lifestyle interventions are an important in stress management, as well as the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety.
Harm Reduction includes helping patients through smoking cessation, reducing alcohol intake to low-risk levels, reducing other harmful substance use, and safe sex.
Family Health – Health is often a shared journey, especially when aspects like sleep or diet can impact family routine. Many families look to get back into healthier habits, and expert interventions can help your whole family make sustainable, long-term changes to protect and improve health.
Surgical “Pre-Hab” It is not uncommon for patients to be counselled by their surgical team to make health improvements before a scheduled surgery. This is because surgeons know that optimising your health before your surgery can shorten your hospital stay, reduce your risk of surgical complications, and impact on how quickly you are back on your feet!
Fertility – Lifestyle changes – including changes to physical activity, diet, and substance use – can improve fertility for many patients, and are a critical part of pre-conception care.
Cancer – We all know that a patient’s risk of many types cancer is complex, and includes factors we can’t change, such as genetics. However, there are risk factors we can change – called modifiable risk factors – which can reduce the risk for many types of cancer and can have a role in improving outcomes.