Most of the illnesses that are the bane of our existence are the outcome of poor lifestyle choices and environmental factors. Majority of the Indian population, especially young adults are suffering from poor health conditions due to an unhealthy lifestyle.
What triggers poor lifestyle choices?
• People like eating lip-smacking fast food, which really does no favour to their bodies.
• Stress and anxiety accompany us every day of our lives. Deadlines at the workplace, peer pressure, the imperative to adhere to societal norms can damage anyone’s physical and psychological health. The need to keep out and the fear of missing out makes us lead a fast life that does not contribute to our health.
• These self-destructive activities are manifesting themselves all around us in the form of a host of physical ailments triggered by unhealthy lifestyles and reaction to a compromised environment. These are called chronic diseases and are a primary cause of mortality today.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
The medicines that were prepared in the wake of the research are called lifestyle medicine. Their goal is two-fold, i.e., to heal the diseases by understanding the causes and to prevent recurrence of the illness. To sum it up, lifestyle medicines are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses.
Is there more to Lifestyle Medicines than just pills?
Lifestyle medicines are not just tablets you swallow. If you opt for lifestyle medicine, you have to commit to a rigorous and healthy lifestyle. Doctors prescribing this kind of medication ask you to consult a nutritionist who prepares a diet chart for you that will help allay your ailments as well as provide the right proportion of nutrition based on your age, sex and weight.
Similarly, your doctor will advise you to take up new physical activities like joining the gym, jogging, walking, swimming, etc. A healthy diet and regular exercise can offset many lifestyle diseases like obesity, cardiac problems, and can bring Type 2 diabetes and asthma under control.
If you live in a metropolitan city, you are prone to breathing in toxic fumes and ingesting polluted food and water. For lifestyle medicines to work, you should take time to retire to the seaside or the mountains where the air is conducive to recuperation.
Lifestyle medicine is modern technology. People are making themselves sick because of their lack of foresight. This technology encompasses the treatment of chronic diseases, promoting stress management, a better understanding of environmental factors that are ruining our health and sensitizing the society to come to the aid of the ailing people.