Lifestyle Medicine in Columbus, GA
Dr. Jada Rhymes is board certified in Family Medicine and offers the necessary tools and information for patients to make lifestyle modifications. Dr. Rhymes focuses on the “whole person” and helping patients navigate their healthcare through collaborative efforts. If you are looking to make life changes and would like to speak with a lifestyle medicine specialist, please call (706) 641-2080 to schedule your consultation at our primary care office in Columbus, GA.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach shown to prevent and treat disease.
It is a medical specialty that uses therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary method to treat chronic conditions.
Why is Lifestyle Medicine Helpful?
Lifestyle medicine addresses root causes by focusing on the lifestyle choices that give rise to diseases in the first place. When implemented, lifestyle medicine can prevent, treat, and even reverse certain conditions.
What Conditions May Benefit from Lifestyle Medicine?
According to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, 85 percent of chronic disease today is caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices.
These conditions can be addressed through understanding the underlying cause of the disease instead of just treating the symptoms. Lifestyle medicine helps to get to the root cause of your disease instead of increasing quantities of pills and procedures.
Lifestyle medicine can help diseases and conditions such as:
- heart disease
- type 2 diabetes
- multiple types of cancer
- and many more
What are the Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine?
One of the main approaches to lifestyle medicine is the six pillars. Applying the six pillars of lifestyle medicine can help prevent certain conditions or reverse harmful effects.
The six pillars include:
- Nutrition – a whole-food, plant-focused eating pattern
- Exercise – adequate physical activity
- Stress – managing stress and anxiety
- Substance Abuse – avoid risky substances
- Sleep – restorative sleep
- Relationships – develop positive social connections
A helpful infographic of these six pillars from lifestylemedicine.org can be downloaded here.
Your provider will work with you to address these six pillars to see which areas can be improved upon. You will receive actionable recommendations to help improve your health and seek out the core issues that are impacting your health.
Does Lifestyle Medicine Differ from Conventional Medicine?
Lifestyle medicine is the foundation of conventional medicine. When you seek out medical help, you are seeking help as an entire person. There are many factors at play. Lifestyle medicine is supported by clinical practice guidelines, especially for chronic diseases.
Lifestyle medicine can be an ideal first line of treatment before medications.
Make the Choice
Much of our health is determined by our choices. If you need help with your chronic condition or your lifestyle choices, it’s not too late. You can seek out lifestyle medicine to help guide you to make healthier decisions and live an enriched life.
If you have let yourself down on other lifestyle choices, don’t be discouraged–just make one right choice right now and contact Whole Patient Health Care today. Get a consultation to see how we can help you on your path towards a healthier you.
Schedule Your Lifestyle Medicine Consultation in Columbus, GA Today!
Dr. Jada Rhymes is board certified in Family Medicine and provides primary care for patients at her primary care office in Columbus, GA. Dr. Rhymes works with each patient to help them make life style modifications an integral part of each individualized care plan. If you are looking to make life changes and would like to speak with a lifestyle medicine specialist, please call (706) 641-2080 to schedule your consultation today.