Lifestyle Medicine

Content medically reviewed by: Jason Buffington, MD

Manage your health and chronic diseases by partnering with our lifestyle medicine physician in Duluth, Minnesota.

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine uses science-based, therapeutic lifestyle changes for the prevention, treatment, and reversal of chronic diseases, rather than first or only using medications. Unhealthy lifestyle choices are responsible for 80-90% of chronic diseases, which is why lifestyle medicine can be the best and most effective treatment.

What is a Lifestyle Medicine Physician?

A lifestyle medicine physician is a medical doctor who is specially trained in healthy lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, sleep, stress management, exercise, substance abuse, and building healthy relationships. They educate and empower patients with tools to change their behaviors and take control of their health.

Who Can Benefit from Lifestyle Medicine?

Everyone can benefit from making healthier lifestyle choices, especially people with chronic diseases such as:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Obesity
  • Ulcerative colitis

What to Expect

When you visit our lifestyle medicine physician, they'll review your current health status and talk with you about chronic diseases and health concerns. You'll leave with a personalized plan to make changes and reach your health goals.

The Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine:

  • Nutrition (whole foods, plant-based diet)
  • Exercise/movement
  • Sleep
  • Tobacco cessation, moderation of alcohol, and minimize other toxin exposure
  • Healthy relationships
  • Stress management

Make an Appointment

Essentia Health-Wellness Center
Hermantown, MN
Call 218-786-3100

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