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Lifestyle Changes May Help Prevent Chronic Disease

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Dr. David Katz practices integrative medicine. He balances holistic medicine with scientific evidence, when scientific evidence is not enough. To prevent the development of chronic disease he offers some suggestions. Lifestyle changes like walking more, and taking a more conscious look at the foods you eat can make a significant difference in your life and health.

Dr. Katz has published more than 100 scientific papers, many textbook chapters, almost 1,000 newspaper columns and 12 books at this writing.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Katz:
Hi, I am David L. Katz. I am Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, which is a clinical research facility dedicated for the prevention of chronic disease, in particular obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases. We place a real emphasis on studies that aim at empowering people to improve lifestyle practices--diet, physical activity--we really see those as the cornerstones of health.

I am in internist, so I take care of adults. I have been doing that for about 20 years and for the past 10 years of my clinical career, I have been practicing integrative medicine, evidence-based integrative medicine, which is, in essence, an effort to be holistic in clinical practice and to be, in equal parts, responsible about the use of scientific evidence and responsive to the needs of patients that all too often go on when the scientific evidence begins to run rather thin.

In my lab, we do a number of studies in the area of alternative medicine as well so that when we find that the evidence has run thin, our patients have needs that aren’t being addressed, rather than just trying to treat them, we also try to test our hypotheses in the lab to see if we can identify new things that work.

Among the tips I would offer to women about the prevention of chronic disease are these: First, the power is in your hands. As a physician, I often find that patients think I have the power.

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