Lifestyle Medicine – Old
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine is the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality for treatment and reversal of non-communicable disease.
Lifestyle Medicine is a prescription with only positive side effects!
This branch of health and medicine is emerging as the fastest-growing around the world. The science overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of Lifestyle Medicine.
Learn more: Lifestyle Medicine Potential for Reversing a World of Chronic Disease Epidemics: from Cell to Community, 2014, The International Journal of Clinical Practice
The Global Burden of Non-communicable Diseases (NCD)
NCDs are the leading cause of death globally; responsible for 38 million (68%) of the world’s 56 million deaths in 2012. More than 40% of them (16 million) were premature deaths under age 70 years. Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths (28 million), and the majority of premature deaths (82%), occur in low- and middle-income countries. (Source: WHO GB NCD 2014)
“Today, the global community has the chance to change the course of the NCD epidemic. The world now has a truly global agenda for prevention and control of NCDs, with shared responsibilities for all countries based on concrete targets. This is an historic opportunity to tackle the NCD epidemic that no country can afford to miss.”
~ Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General World Health Organization
Lifestyle Medicine’s Impact Around the Globe
European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition
European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) studied 23,000 people, and concluded that changes in lifestyle factors could prevent 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes and 36% of all cancers.
Ref: Ford ES, Bergmann MM, Kroger J, Schienkiewitz A, Weikert C, Boeing H. Healthy living is the best revenge: findings from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam study. Arch Intern Med 2009; 169(15): 1355–62