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About Lifestyle Medicine

About Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine is a medical approach that focuses on the use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to help address, manage, and prevent chronic diseases including, but not limited to cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes, and obesity. The approach emphasises a holistic and personalised approach to healthcare that considers each individual’s unique health needs and circumstances.

We believe in a comprehensive approach that integrates preventative medicine, healthy lifestyle choices, and personalised interventions. Our primary goal is to empower our patients to proactively manage their health, leading to optimal well-being and healthy longevity. At Osler Health, our practice of preventative medicine is rooted in the foundation of lifestyle medicine and underpinned by a team of experienced doctors who share the same ethos and practice holistically.

Chronic Disease and Lifestyle Medicine

Chronic Disease and Lifestyle Medicine

With changing demographics and evolving healthcare needs, we focus more on ‘health care’ and not just ‘sick care’. Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on using evidence-based lifestyle interventions to prevent, manage, and even treat various chronic diseases.

In simpler terms, Lifestyle Medicine promotes the idea that the choices we make every day, such as what we eat, how active we are, how we manage stress and other lifestyle habits, have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being. By making positive changes to our daily habits, we can improve our health outcomes and reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and certain types of cancer. In essence, lifestyle medicine empowers individuals to take an active role in their health by making healthy choices that promote wellness and prevent disease, ultimately aiming for a better quality of life and a longer health span.

Everyday lifestyle changes

Everyday lifestyle changes

Lifestyle Medicine emphasises the importance of healthy behaviours such as regular physical activity, a whole-food, plant-predominant diet, adequate sleep, stress management, making positive social connections, and avoiding risky behaviours such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These are the 6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine.

By making positive changes in these areas, you can potentially reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, and when used intensively, you can address such conditions.

With an evidence-informed, scientific approach, these pillars represent powerful tools in our fight against chronic diseases. Studies have shown that they help in potentially prolonging lifespan and healthspan (the number of years you are healthy without chronic and debilitating diseases).

How does Lifestyle Medicine differ from conventional medicine?

The Lifestyle Medicine approach complements the traditional medical approach and certainly does not supersede it. Lifestyle Medicine differs from traditional medical practices in two simple ways; firstly, it is proactive in terms of aiming to get ahead of the disease that could be heading your way down the road. Traditionally the medical approach is reactive.

Secondly, it is is built upon a collaboration between the patient and the doctor over time. We don’t give instructions and say, ‘come back in 6 months!’. We partner with our patients and guide them towards whatever support is appropriate. This may be genetic testing, a weight management programme, a stop-smoking programme, mental wellness support etc.”

Your Journey

Your Journey

Lifestyle Medicine is a journey, not a destination. It is a lifelong process of making positive changes that can improve your health and well-being. The aim of this holistic approach is to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and support you need to make these positive lifestyle changes and take steps toward a healthier life.

The first step is to arrange an appointment for a Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment.

During the appointment, your doctor will assess your current lifestyle habits in relation to the 6 pillars listed above. Through this approach, your doctor will identify areas where you can make improvements. Together, you will set realistic goals and develop an action plan.

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Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment

Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment

A Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment could be ideal for you if you:

  • reviewed the 6 pillars above and recognised that you have concerns about one or more pillars
  • have chronic diseases and want to better manage your conditions, reduce symptoms, and improve overall health outcomes
  • have a strong family history of chronic disease(s) and want some advice and guidance on adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours to help reduce your own risk
  • want to get generally healthier but need some clear guidance on how to enhance your energy levels, mental clarity, immune function, and overall vitality
  • have tried to make lifestyle changes but keep falling off the wagon
  • feel you are lacking motivation in taking the steps to optimise your overall well-being

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Support throughout your health journey

If you are interested in a holistic review of your health, please schedule an appointment for a Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment. We will collaborate with you on your health to attain a healthy longevity.

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Frequently asked questions about Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine is an established, evidence-based medical discipline. In clinical practice, it is all about supporting people to make healthy lifestyle changes. The main focus is on the 6 pillars of Lifestyle Medicine — healthy eating, stress management, physical activity, avoiding harmful substances such as tobacco and alcohol, and social connections. All these factors are known to address and manage chronic disease. This approach complements conventional medicine by offering a holistic strategy, rather than acting as an alternative medicine or integrative practice.

Lifestyle Medicine looks to support people both in terms of understanding the upstream determinants of health and diseases, and the social situation but also in creating the environment and the relationship between the doctor and the practitioner that can help you understand how to improve your situation as you want to.

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They are similar, however, a Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment is more holistic. This involves evaluating your health risks and overall well-being in relation to the 6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine, with the aim of working closely with you to implement long-lasting lifestyle changes for optimal health outcomes.

You can certainly still book in for a Health Screening which may target specific needs, such as a mammogram or a skin check.

A Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment could be ideal for you if you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition (such as high blood pressure or type II diabetes) and you want to improve your overall health, reduce your need for prescriptions and reduce your future risk.

It’s also suited for those looking for guidance on general health improvements or specific lifestyle changes. Whether you’re concerned about your holistic health, have a family history of chronic diseases, or are struggling to maintain healthy habits, this assessment provides tailored recommendations. It’s designed to address your unique needs, helping to identify areas for improvement and offering support to make lasting changes for better health and well-being.

Overall, Lifestyle Medicine prioritises prevention, takes a holistic view of health, empowers individuals, addresses root causes, integrates with traditional medicine, and is supported by scientific evidence. By adopting a Lifestyle Medicine approach, individuals have the opportunity to improve their health, prevent chronic diseases, and enhance their overall well-being.

For this approach to be effective, a doctor needs to move away from their traditional role as an expert who simply imparts information. Years of experience have shown us that simple advice such as “exercise more” or “eat less” may not be effective. This approach involves working closely with patients to understand their values, goals, and motivations, guiding them towards meaningful and lasting behavioural changes. Supported by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, Lifestyle Medicine offers a collaborative and personalised route to health improvement.

In a Comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment, your holistic doctor will assess your overall health against the 6 pillars (nutritional health, mental well-being, healthy relationships, physical activity, minimising harmful substances and restorative sleep) and provide recommendations that are pertinent to you. This is precision medicine – a tailor-made programme addressing your individual health needs.

There are various specific Osler Programmes to help support your health needs. Some of these include:

 

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