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Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle and behavior have shown to be significant drivers of chronic disease. Lifestyle medicine doctors can show you how it’s possible to treat, prevent and sometimes even reverse many diseases and health problems with healthy lifestyle changes.

You know your lifestyle and behavior — the decisions you make every day — can affect your health and even shorten your life. Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based medical specialty that can help you make the right changes to improve your health, manage or eliminate chronic conditions, reduce the need for medications and feel your best. And you don’t have to change primary care doctors or give up other treatments that are working.

The six pillars of lifestyle medicine are:

  • Healthful eating of whole, plant-based foods and lean protein.
  • Increasing physical activity.
  • Improving sleep.
  • Forming and maintaining relationships.
  • Managing stress with healthy coping strategies.
  • Cessation of tobacco use and other unhealthy habits.

We build on this foundation to create a clinically managed personalized plan just for you, tailored to your needs, current health status, goals, preferences and life situation. We have multiple program tracks to help you make the necessary lifestyle changes — such as our Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP). Our physicians and staff work with you to identify the right one for you.

Lifestyle medicine focuses primarily on treating, preventing and sometimes even reversing chronic diseases and conditions including:

  • Type II diabetes.
  • Prediabetes and metabolic syndrome.
  • Heart disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Unhealthy weight.
  • Cancer.

This medical specialty can work with your current treatment or health maintenance program to make it even more effective. Your plan might include:

  • Finding ways to enjoy healthy meals and snacks.
  • Learning new cooking skills and recipes.
  • Getting the right kind of exercise for your needs and stage of life.
  • Avoiding tobacco use and other unhealthy coping behaviors.
  • Learning new ways to reduce stress or handle it appropriately.

Dr. Cate Collings describes the new specialty, its purpose and goals | El Camino Health

For Adults at Every Age and Stage of Life

Just about anyone who wants to improve or maintain their health can benefit from a lifestyle medicine consultation and treatment plan — because anyone can benefit from making healthy life changes, and most people need help making them. Candidates might include:

  • Middle-aged adults, busy with work and family, who are not eating or sleeping well or not getting enough exercise.
  • Adults with rising cholesterol levels, blood sugar or other health risks.
  • Anyone with diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health problems, or those trying to manage multiple conditions.
  • Older adults who want to do everything they can to be around as long as possible for their families.
  • Young adults who want to stay active and healthy or who are preparing to start families. Those with a family history of a chronic health condition or who have other risk factors.

Dr. Cate Collings explains who may benefit from lifestyle medicine and how it helps | El Camino Health

Take the first step

Whatever your risks, health status, age, stage of life or personal goals, lifestyle medicine could improve your health and your life. To make an appointment or referral, call 650-962-4392. You can also reach us at lifestylemedicine@elcaminohealth.org.

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