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Lifestyle medicine: A positive approach to stemming the tide of non-communicable diseases in South Africa

Dave R. Glass
South African Family Practice | Vol 63, No 1 : Part 4| a5394 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v63i1.5394 | © 2021 Dave Glass | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 August 2021 | Published: 26 October 2021

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Dave R. Glass, Private Obstetrics/Gynaecology Practitioner, Port Shepstone, South Africa

Abstract

Non-communicable diseases account for most deaths globally and they are the main reason for patient consultations. Conventional medicine focuses on pharmaceutical and surgical interventions to manage these diseases. Most management protocols recognise the foundational role of lifestyle changes, but practical lifestyle medicine interventions need to become part of the medical curriculum and part of each consultation to make an impact. This article presents the rationale for the launch of the South African Lifestyle Medicine Association as an important facilitator of that process.

Keywords

lifestyle medicine; disease reversal; medical education; non-communicable diseases; lifestyle changes; diet; exercise

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