The American College of Lifestyle Medicine provides the following definition of lifestyle medicine: “Lifestyle medicine is the evidence-based practice of helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and quality of life. Examples of target patient behaviors include but are not limited to eliminating tobacco use, improving diet, increasing physical activity, and moderating alcohol consumption.”
In early 2012, we at RFM began the process of dedicating ourselves more fully to taking better care of our patients and ourselves by increased focus on lifestyle. While attention to lifestyle has always permeated our care at RFM, in October of 2012 we started our first patients on a dedicated program called FirstLine Therapy (“FLT”) for metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome refers to the co-occurrence of several known risk factors for heart and vascular disease, including insulin resistance, obesity, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is thought to result in a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
We’ve had many patients who have been able to avoid starting medications, and others who have been able to reduce or discontinue medications as a result of changes they’ve made by following our program.
Patients and non-patients can participate in FLT-Metabolic Syndrome, and the program is offered in a 6-month group format as well as an individual format. If you’d like more information about the program, look for brochures in the lifestyle medicine documents section of the website, or contact us by e-mail or phone.
To your health!