Lifestyle Medicine is the therapeutic use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to treat and prevent lifestyle related diseases in a clinical setting. It empowers individuals with the knowledge and life skills to make effective behavior changes that address the underlying causes of disease.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, as stated in the preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization from 1946.
Lifestyle Medicine clinicians emphasize the use of lifestyle intervention in the treatment of disease.
Clinical research provides overwhelming evidence for the preferential use of lifestyle interventions as first-line therapy. This research moves lifestyle from prevention only to include efficacious treatment—from an intervention used to prevent disease to an intervention used to treat and even reverse disease. This represents a fundamental change in the way the medical establishment views ‘lifestyle medicine,’ although, despite the substantial, voluminous evidence, it’s a view that has not yet been universally adopted.
Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent.
Click on the link below for a practical overview from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.