Lifestyle intervention should always be the primary treatment when faced with a newly diagnosed chronic health issue.
Chronic health conditons include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- Chronic back pain
- Osteoporosis or Decreased Bone Density
- Being Overweight or Obese
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Family History of any of the above
- HIV+ diagnosis
- Any other condition for which your family physican recommends lifestyle intervention
We work in partnership with your primary care physican to help reduce the need for prescription medication for your diagnosed chronic health condition. Our program may completely reverse your chronic health conditon or at the very least, limit it's progression and reduce medication dosage. We work with you on an individual basis to provide the education, time management, planning, guidance and support needed to return to a healthier lifestyle. Upon initial recommendation by a family physician to begin medication, many patients express a desire to attempt lifestyle change, but most fail simply because they don't understand how to even begin a new diet or exercise program that can be maintained and will truly be effective. It is extremely common for a primary care physician to provide a 6 month window for the patient to attempt to reduce above normal lab/diagnostic values but the vast majority will need to begin the recommended medication dosage at the end of the 6 month trial period.
You may enter this program directly without referral or can communicate to your doctor or insurance company assigned nurse that you would like to take part in this program. In some cases, we may be able to obtain some insurance coverage for this program, but this is usually determined by your insurance company nurse on a case by case basis. Assistance may be available for low-income individuals depending upon available funds.
Although diet and exercise interventions are a part of this program, changes introduced will be gradual with concentration placed upon small, daily changes that will produce the desired effect. Time management assistance, education, planning, and ongoing support are the main backbone of the program. Concentration is placed upon habit change that can be maintained for a lifetime.
An example of the effects of a single chronic health issue is provided in the diagram below.