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Lifestyle medicine is an evidence based speciality to treat chronic conditions using lifestyle interventions.
Dr Wayne Cottrell:
Evidence-based scientific methods
Evidence-based scientific methods are used to focus on improving health and well-being by establishing positive changes which are sustainable long-term. The conditions include:
- Heart Health (Cardiovascular disease such as type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, High blood pressure, and High Cholesterol)
- Weight and related problems such as Obesity, joint pain
- Gut Health such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, IBD
- Sleep disorders
- Brain Health (Mental Health such as Anxiety and Depression, Burn out)
- Joint Health ( Chronic Fatigue and fibromyalgia)
As qualified lifestyle medicine practitioners, we apply evidence-based, whole person and holistic prescriptive lifestyle changes. This can treat the conditions in some cases in addition to medical intervention, but in some cases, even reverse the condition.
What to expect
The Lifestyle Medicine free taster allows you to get to know the certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner and ascertain if the problem can be addressed with LM. Following this, the initial 90 min consultation would involve a detailed assessment of your medical and family history and daily habits, including a detailed dietary assessment, substance use, sleep and exercise pattern. The initial consultation might indicate a need for blood tests and medical examinations to ascertain the risk profiles. If gastrointestinal concerns are predominant, then gut microbiome testing might be advised. Once the causes have been identified, using coaching methods and motivational therapy, a tailored treatment plan is set out centred around the individual. Subsequent shorter sessions are planned throughout the next few months to guide the process.
Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine
Food is Medicine. With the right food, you can help your body to heal itself. A predominantly whole food, plant-based diet has proven benefits to your health. A detailed assessment of your diet will aid us in optimising your nutritional status, which in turn gives you energy and well-being.
Good quality sleep is not only important for better physical health but also a very important part of mental health. We will help you identify dietary, environmental and coping behaviours to improve your sleep health.
An essential part of your optimal health is regular and consistent physical activity that can be maintained on a daily basis throughout life. This looks different for everyone, so an individualised approach is required.
Stress can contribute to many diseases, such as anxiety, depression, obesity, immune dysfunction and more. Learning to recognise negative stress responses and coping mechanisms can improve your overall well-being.
Isolation has been shown to lead to reduced longevity. Social relationships are integral to emotional resiliency. Enhancing connectedness is part of the journey to better health.
Risky Substance Avoidance
Risky and addictive substances such as smoking, alcohol and drugs have negative impacts on physical and mental health. Avoiding these will improve your well-being and certainly reduce your risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.