With so many misconceptions about what Lifestyle Medicine is, we would like to give some explanation about what Lifestyle Medicine actually is. And with bigger things to worry about, is it even important during a Pandemic?
Lifestyle Medicine is not "just nutrition", nor is it woo woo medicine, wacky or alternative. It is an evidence-based science, recognised internationally.
The Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance, represents the convergence of national Lifestyle Medicine professional associations from around the world from 17 countries including the UK. They define Lifestyle Medicine as:
"The evidence-based medical specialty that uses 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 non-communicable disease, sometimes referred to as degenerative chronic disease."
The vision of the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance is a "world without communicable disease"
Lifestyle Medicine and COVID-19
Even during a Pandemic, we need to continue to manage our chronic disease patients as these diseases are not simply going to disappear. The worry is that these patients will access less help and present later to services for treatment.
In the era of COVID-19 we need to reduce spread of disease through handwashing, social distancing or shielding measures when appropriate.
We can also advise our patients to improve their self-care. As there is currently no treatment for COVID-19 it is advisable that we help our bodies with a healthy lifestyle. This doesn’t mean we won’t become unwell with COVID-19 and there are many dubious claims being made about immunity boosting with various supplements, teas, and foods. So, in these times when people feel a sense of desperation what resources can we advise?
CPD Resources for medics and our patients
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine have produced some really handy resources for patients which encompass the Lifestyle Medicine principles.
We have also produced a free e-book which introduces the concepts of LifestyleMedicine to clinicians.
What is next for Inspired Medics?
As you know we specialize in producing medical CPD courses. We have some great ideas for the future coming up so watch this space!
In the meantime if you fancy checking out what we have already produced, we still have our Digital CPD Course available online. This covers a wide array of topics from meditation to time restricted eating.
If you're interested in learning more about Lifestyle Medicine this is a great place to start, and is currently on offer for our NHS colleagues!
By Dr Angela Goyal
Inspired Medics Founder