* An increasing percentage of health care dollars spent in the U.S. are spent on people with chronic conditions. In 2004, the care given to people with chronic conditions accounted for 85% of all of health care spending .
* The total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the United States for 2009 was $312.6 billion. By comparison, in 2008, the estimated cost of all cancer and benign neoplasms was $228 billion. CVD costs the US sick care system more than any other diagnostic group .
* In treating patients with chronic conditions, 66% of physicians believe their mandatory medical training did not adequately prepare them to provide effective nutritional guidance for their patients.
* The largest number of people with chronic conditions is of working age and is privately insured. Almost all Medicare dollars and about 80% of Medicaid spending is for people with chronic conditions .
The only solution to combat today’s major killers – cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer – is via health promotion and preventive medicine. [11, 12]
Dr. Citrin is a member of The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Lifestyle Medicine (a.k.a Preventive Medicine) involves the therapeutic use of lifestyle, such as a predominately whole food, plant-based diet, exercise, stress management, tobacco and alcohol cessation, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, more importantly, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent.
Lifestyle Medicine / Preventive Medicine is the future of healthcare—true “health” care dedicated to identifying and eradicating the cause of disease, as opposed to simply diagnosing and treating, too often medicating established disease.
As a member of ACLM, Dr. Citrin is contributing to redefining health care with a focus on treating the causes. ACLM members are united in their desire to be the tip of the spear in ushering in a transformed system of care delivery that enables sustainable human health and a sustainable healthcare system: They share a passion for using lifestyle as a therapeutic intervention to prevent, treat and, often, even reverse lifestyle-related diseases.
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