Lifestyle Medicine is the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a whole-food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoiding use of risky substances and pursuing other non-drug modalities, to treat, reverse, and prevent chronic disease.
Our current health care system is “sick care”. Treating diseases after they have already started. What if we can address them before they start? This is very challenging as cultural and societal norms have made it very difficult to make healthful choices with misleading health information, deceiving packaging of unhealthy foods, and food deserts in many of our cities. Lifestyle medicine focuses on constructive and compassionate guidance to help navigate this confusing landscape of nutrition advice.
It is validated as highly effective, addressing root cause of disease, has better outcomes and lower cost (value- based), is engaging, patient centered and affordable.
According to the CDC about 90% of the 3.5 trillion in annual health care expenditure is for chronic and mental health conditions. Chronic diseases have a significant health and economic cost in the United States. Preventing chronic disease or managing symptoms when prevention is not possible, can reduce these costs.
Heart disease and stroke cause 1/3 of all deaths in the United States. This costs our health care system $199 billion per year and causing $131 billion in lost productivity on the job.
Each year 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 600,000 deaths occur due to it, making it the second leading cause of death in the United States. The cost of cancer care continues to rise and is expected to reach almost $174 billion this year.
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes with 84 million having prediabetes. Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure to name a few of its destructive capabilities. This costs the US health care system and employers $237 billion every year.
Obesity affects 1 in 5 children and 1 in 3 adults in the United States. Obesity can put people at risk of all of the previous disease and many more. Obesity costs the US health care system $147 billion a year.
Lifestyle Medicine aims to address root causes of chronic disease which are not limited to the above mentioned but to many more including brain health and autoimmune diseases. Addressing these issues through lifestyle changes allows us to finally reach long term health that is meaningful and sustainable.
Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine
Dr. Kishore is very passionate about Lifestyle medicine and wellness of her patients, she goes the extra mile to fit into the shoes of her patient and help view their challenges and find a resolution towards total wellness.
Through my year long interaction, she has been working with me to change my diet, exercise, sleep, stress management and weight reduction. Thanks to her guidance, eating healthy has now become second nature to me! I also feel that talking to her about my stresses and learning to deal with them while not ignoring my health and wellness has been a big take away for me.
I love her holistic approach and leading by example!! I’m very grateful for her support and encouragement!!
Dr.Kishore is very passionate and very caring. My fertility specialist recommended her, and also suggested me to lose weight to get pregnant again with healthy baby. I was so nervous and stressed. Because a year back I had abortion around 23 weeks because of abnormal growth of baby. It was devastating! I somehow managed to maintain the same weight a year but I wondered how can I get down my weight – being obese, with thyroid & pcos and migraine issues.
Dr.Kishore came to my life with a positive outlook on life and food. She helped me to understand my food issues, along with making life style changes, handling stress properly.
Working with Dr.Kishore is like having a best friend, a doctor, a weight loss coach – all in one together. Working with her not only helped me to lose weight but gave me the confidence that I can keep my weight off. She helped me make healthy choices in life, which is high priority and we tend to ignore it. I’m very glad that I chose to go with Lifestyle medicine with Dr.Kishore.