Do You Recommend Lifestyle Changes to Your Patients?

November 08, 2017

Evidence continues to mount for lifestyle factors as a powerful strategy for preserving health and preventing a wide variety of diseases.

A recent report by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care, for example, cited nine lifestyle factors that affect an individual's risk of developing dementia, including smoking, physical activity, and nutrition. Another recent study suggests that exercising and eating whole grains may curb the risk for colorectal cancer. As for coronary heart disease, some research indicates that following a regular exercise program, eating a heart-healthy diet, and even partaking in regular meditation sessions are all effective risk-reduction strategies.

However, physicians may not consistently recommend such lifestyle changes. Let us know your thoughts about discussing lifestyle changes with your patients.

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