American College of Lifestyle Medicine Announces Dietary Lifestyle Position Statement for Treatment and Potential Reversal of Disease

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) announced today it has issued an official position statement on the role of diet in Lifestyle Medicine. The organization’s statement reflects its stance that food is medicine and should be considered the foundational, first-option Lifestyle Medicine intervention to treat, reverse and prevent lifestyle-related chronic disease.

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ACLM recommends an eating plan based predominantly on a variety of minimally processed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) has announced its issuance of an official position statement on diet for the treatment and potential reversal of lifestyle-related chronic disease. The statement reads: “For the treatment, reversal and prevention of lifestyle-related chronic disease, the ACLM recommends an eating plan based predominantly on a variety of minimally processed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.”

A body of evidence-based research now exists on the efficacy of this type of diet.

ACLM President George Guthrie, MD, MPH, FACLM, said "Medicine is supposed to restore health and wholeness to those who are who are sick. For chronic lifestyle-related diseases the best treatment is intensive lifestyle change. Science and experience are teaching us that effective treatment is available, and reversibility is imminently plausible in many cases. With this statement the American College of Lifestyle Medicine is pointing patients and clinicians in the right direction."

“ACLM is the professional medical association that stands behind what I, as a physician, chef, and nutrition scientist, know is an evidence-based diet that can prevent, treat and even reverse common, chronic, lifestyle-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and more," said ACLM Board Member Michelle Hauser, MD, MD, MS, MPA, Chef. "The science is clear that a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, minimally-processed whole grains, nuts and seeds truly is food as medicine."

“As a dietitian, and member of ACLM, I practice in the forefront of nutrition education for behavior and lifestyle change,” said Alisa Bloom, RDN, LDN, chair of ACLM’s Registered Dietician Working Group, which originated the statement. “This statement from ACLM wonderfully outlines an evidenced-based eating plan that can be individualized to address the intervention needed to potentiate positive change in lifestyle-related chronic disease. “

ACLM is the medical professional association providing education and, with the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, facilitating board certification for physicians and select allied health professionals interested in treating the root cause of lifestyle-related chronic disease. Its membership comprises physicians, as well as members of the team necessary to engage and support patients in treating the cause of their chronic conditions: physician assistants, nurses, registered dietitians, health coaches and even health system executives.

The organization defines Lifestyle Medicine as the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, meaning and connectedness, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the medical professional society for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Lifestyle Medicine treats, often reverses and prevents chronic disease. It is the combined use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use and other non-drug modalities.

More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanized force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective mission to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the root cause of disease. Learn more at http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org.

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