What is lifestyle medicine?


Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, planted-based eating patterns, exercise, sleep, stress management, alcohol moderation and tobacco cessation, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and oftentimes reverse the lifestyle-related chronic diseases that are all too prevalent today. 

Lifestyle Medicine is based on what a growing body of scientific evidence shows us: a healthy lifestyle is medicine. This type of medicine is effective, simple, inexpensive and has only positive side effects!  

Unhealthy lifestyle choices underlie many chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, and many cancers. By promoting healthy lifestyle choices, Lifestyle Medicine treats the root issue of these diseases, not just the symptoms. 

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Lifestyle medicine is not only safer and cheaper but can work better by treating the cause of our growing pandemic of chronic disease.
— Michael Gregor, MD, NutritionFacts.org


There's overwhelming (and growing!) scientific evidence for the efficacy of lifestyle medicine.

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Lifestyle medicine treats the root cause of chronic disease, not just the symptoms. It reflects the reality of what a huge body of scientific evidence has taught us: Food is powerful medicine! Exercise is powerful medicine! Mind-body health is powerful medicine! And these medicines are free or inexpensive and with only positive side-effects!
— David Ferriss, MD, MPH


Technology cannot solve our chronic disease problem. Pills alone do not restore health. What will maximize healing is the application of scientifically sound lifestyle principles to both individual and community practice—thereby preventing or reversing the worst of our chronic disease burden.
— George Guthrie, MD, MPH, CDE

* Information presented here was adapted from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine: https://www.lifestylemedicine.org/What-is-Lifestyle-Medicine