Lifestyle Medicine: A Refined, Empowered, and Modern Care
It has been almost a year since the last time we had a coffee chat with colleagues in the office kitchen. Even though you may get used to a working-from-home environment now, you somehow have been impacted by this new normal. Some people lose a lot of weight from homemade cooking and routine exercise; some people gain weight from being couch potatoes or flexible working environments. Moreover, mental health issues have been reported increasing throughout the Pandemic. According to new research by the Society for Human Resource Management, between 22% and 35% of U.S. employees are experiencing symptoms of depression during 2020. With a large percentage of the global workforce working from home remotely, and by some estimates as much as 42% of the entire US labor force, employers must be aware of the warning signs of mental health issues in their employees and respond proactively by promoting initiatives to prevent and respond to the emotional well-being of employees. Yet, in virtual work environments, the challenge so many employers and managers are facing is how to identify and “spot” the warning signs of those employees in need.
Furthermore, The United States has 4% of the world’s population, but approximately 21% of its COVID-19 cases and 20% of its COVID-19 deaths. The main reason behind this shocking statistic is that we have a health care model that profits in managing chronic diseases instead of reversing them.
Social distancing does not mean that you have to deal with the above alone. Together with technology, lifestyle medicine can take care of everything from managing your chronic conditions, working through stress and mental health challenges, to building a stronger immune system. Do you know that lifestyle medicine can be accessed through telehealth? It is the evidence-based practice of promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyle modification. By adopting behaviors such as whole food, keto diet, exercise, stress reduction, improved quality of sleep, tobacco cessation, and maintaining a healthy weight, individuals can expect improvement and, in many cases, a reversal of chronic diseases.
In my previous blogs, we have been talking about reversing the chronic disease burden through remote healthcare management. I strongly believe that lifestyle medicine is one of the most refined, empowered, and modern care that can improve the quality of life. If you are tired of the status quo and are ready to discard the label of someone with “underlying conditions,” lifestyle medicine is going to be your life-changing solution.