We are experiencing a health crisis of unprecedented proportions.
1 in 2 adult Americans suffer from the burden of chronic disease. Alzheimer’s rates are predicted to triple by 2030. The rate of obesity is near or above 40% in several states. Diabetes rates have tripled since the 1950’s.
America spends trillions of dollars on healthcare but we are not seeing an improvement in the health of its citizens. In fact, since 2016, our life expectancy has declined every year while comparable high-income OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries have seen their life expectancies increase. It is particularly concerning because midlife (age 25-67) rates of disease and death are increasing at an alarming rate.
This isn’t to frighten you but it should shake up how you think about your health and wellness.
Did you know that proper lifestyle choices could decrease the incidence of cancer by 40% and cancer deaths by 45%? Or that recent evidence shows the best prevention for Alzheimer’s is lifestyle choices? And type 2 diabetes has been reversed through lifestyle medicine alone?
The guidelines all recommend lifestyle interventions as the front-line for prevention and treatment of just about any disease. The problem is most healthcare professionals are not adequately trained to provide critical lifestyle recommendations and advice.
Our current lifestyles are killing us – but it is my mission – my calling – to help educate people on how to improve their health and increase their overall wellness through research-backed lifestyle medicine.
Everything we do, from the food we eat, to our sleeping patterns, to the nature of our thoughts, impacts our health. Lifestyle medicine is a comprehensive approach to optimizing our habits in order to achieve our health goals. It can be used to prevent disease or as a key pillar of any treatment plan. Do you want more energy, improved mood, better digestion, reduced stress, restorative sleep, a healthy body fat percentage, or a decrease in the chance you develop a life-altering chronic disease? Lifestyle medicine is the answer to empower you to achieve your health and wellness goals!
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