Tracy Lee, OMS II
A.T. Still University-SOMA
AMSA Trainee Wellness and Professionalism Committee
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
According to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), lifestyle medicine is the “use of lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease.” This is a relatively new field and ACLM is a relatively new national medical specialty society. This specialty is a branch off preventative medicine as it is preventative, yet much more as well.
As a physician, it would be great to have your patients use a non-drug modality with or without drugs to improve their health. Such non-drug modalities would include, smoking cessation, diet and nutrition, exercise, and stress management. As a nation, there has been a push for healthy lifestyles and “natural” medicine. As an osteopathic student, lifestyle medicine is congruent to our principles and practice methods. Even as allopathic physicians, lifestyle medicine can be integrated into practice and many physicians have already been doing so. Scientific evidence has proven a role for lifestyle changes in the management of some chronic diseases, such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
The following link is an article about lifestyle medicine and the benefits it ...