What you eat, how you exercise, sleep, and work, how much stress is in your life – in short, your lifestyle – has a tremendous impact on your physical health. Many diseases can be prevented, treated, or reversed with lifestyle changes. Lifestyle choices give patients power over their own health outcomes.
In the year 1900, the most common fatal diseases in the world were infectious – tuberculosis, influenza and diarrheal illnesses. By 2000, heart disease, stroke and cancer were the biggest killers, all with strong connections to behavioral choices. These lifestyle-related diseases are processes that happen gradually over a period of years. A heart attack happens in an instant, but the conditions that create it evolve and build up over time.
After nearly 20 years of practice, Dr. Srinivasan (Internal Medicine) & Dr. Joshi (Spine surgery) were looking for a better way to help patients achieve their full health potential. They underwent additional training to become certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Lifestyle medicine involves the use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to treat, reverse and prevent chronic disease. This training provides the knowledge to address the root causes of illness instead of simply treating symptoms; while conventional medicine focuses on treating symptoms, lifestyle medicine treats the underlying causes of the disease to create true wellness. Pharmaceuticals play a role when needed, but other scientifically proven modalities also have a place in treatment.
As diplomates of the ABLM, Dr. Srinivasan & Dr. Joshi have created a practice that produces the best long-term, sustainable outcomes: a lifestyle medicine-based practice, with treatments from multiple modalities, all validated through rigorous scientific studies.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.
Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Inscrutably involved, we live in the currents of universal reciprocity.
Martin Buber, I and Thou
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine recommends an eating plan based largely on a variety of minimally processed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Eating whole plant foods is a great way to get in more nutrition with less harm and is one of the best ways to prevent, treat and even reverse many chronic diseases.
The recommendation for adults 18-64 years old is to do at least 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity activity weekly along with two or more days weekly of strength training. The more physical activity, the more benefit, but any amount of exercise is better than none.
Sleep is an extremely important part of human health. Negative effects of sleep delays or interruptions include sluggishness, low attention span, decreased sociability, depressed mood, decreased deep sleep, decreased caloric burn during the day, increased hunger and decreased feeling of fullness, insulin resistance and decreased performance.
TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP
Stress is unavoidable. How we think about it and how we react to it makes the difference in how it impacts our self-care and our health. While some medicine may help to manage stress, there are many things that you can do to help you manage stress and improve overall health. Partnering with your health care team can help you determine a plan of action for stress reduction.
GOOD STRESS /BAD STRESS
Not all stress is bad for us; in fact some stress can be helpful for completing important projects, studying for an exam, speaking in public, or accomplishing challenging goals. On the other hand, distress or negative stress is the type of stress that can cause short- or long-term anxiety, decreased performance and lead to poor mental and physical health. Distress can be caused by many factors that differ for everyone. It is important to recognize the things in your life that cause distress, so you can come up with a plan to manage or cope with or view situations differently.
Social connections and relationships affect our physical, mental and emotional health. Research shows that the single most important predictor of human happiness and long life is having strong social connections. Health-related measures like blood pressure and heart rate improve even with short positive social interactions. Below are some tips that may help you create and keep important connections in your life.
FORMING NEW SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
STRENGTHEN SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
It is well known that tobacco use and drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of many chronic diseases and death. People who are ready can and do quit smoking; there are more former smokers in the world now than there are current smokers. Some treatments work for alcohol abuse. Treatments often take time, different approaches and many attempts. Giving yourself patience as well as getting support from others is an important part of reaching your goals.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT MODELS
Slips and relapses are normal and considered part of the change process. Goal setting, support and persistence is key!