Lifestyle Medicine: A Refined, Empowered, and Modern Care
It has been almost a year we last had a coffee chat with colleagues in the office kitchen. Even though you may have gotten used to working from home, you have invariably been impacted by this new normal. Some people lose a lot of weight from homemade cooking and routine exercise; others 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 in order to proactively promote 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, Although the United States has 4% of the world’s population, approximately 21% of its COVID-19 cases and 20% of its COVID-19 deaths are found here. The primary reason behind this shocking statistic is that we have a health care model that profits in managing chronic diseases rather than 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. Did 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 measures such as wholesome food consumption, keto diets, 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 method to improve 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 your life-changing solution.