Lifestyle medicine is perfect for people who are seeking to improve their overall health. It can also help to prevent and reverse some chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and certain cancers. In addition, lifestyle medicine is beneficial for other chronic issues such as pain, obesity, high blood pressure, anxiety, and stress.
Lifestyle medicine is based on the six pillars of health: healthful eating, improving sleep, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, avoiding substance abuse, and managing relationships.
A typical initial visit includes a history and physical exam; vital signs*, risk factor assessment, physical, lab work interpretation, diagnosis and management, along with plans for collaborative care and referral, as necessary.
*Vital signs in this context not only include the temperature, blood pressure, and height/weight (BMI), but also assessment of physical activity levels/exercise participation and nutritional/diet intake as determinants of health and well-being.
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