Emergency & Enquiry
The management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) converged on zoom to hold the virtual edition of her monthly Continuing Medical Education.
The Director of Clinical Services and Training (DCST), Dr Adebowale Adekoya represented by the Deputy DCST, Dr. Lilian Enone introduced the various speakers as she welcomed all the participants to this month’s edition.
A senior Registrar in the Department of Family Medicine, Dr. (Mrs.) Ruth Odiana who spoke on “The Overview of Lifestyle Medicine in LASUTH” gave introduction to Family Medicine as the medical specialty that provides continuing, comprehensive healthcare for the individual, in a holistic manner within his community.
She described the role of the family physician as problem solving, management of common complaints, recognition of important diseases, uncovering of hidden conditions including acute and chronic illnesses, prevention of diseases promoting lifestyle medicine.
Dr. Odiana also listed the areas of special interest in clinics and Lifestyle Medicine being a relatively new medical sub-specialty in Family Medicine which was approved in February 2020. The clinic focuses on the underlying cause of diseases.
In her own presentation on “Why Lifestyle Medicine in LASUTH-Key Clinical Processes’, a Consultant Family Medicine Physician, Dr. (Mrs.) Moyosore Makinde highlighted the objectives and the essentials of lifestyle medicine.
She described the essentials of lifestyle medicine in primary care as she pointed out the predominantly lifestyle related medical conditions to include obesity, metabolic syndrome, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, dyslipidemia, arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis. She also defined lifestyle medicine as the application of medical, behavioral and environmental principles to the management of lifestyle-related health problems in a clinical setting citing Prof Garry Egger.
Dr. Makinde added that the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic intervention including whole foods, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection should be a primary modality delivered by trained and certified clinician to prevent, treat and often reverse chronic medical conditions.
She gave the essentials of running a lifestyle clinic, the distinction in lifestyle medicine and the unique influence of lifestyle physician stressing that patients’ lifestyle behavior is largely influenced by physician’s recommendation.