A healthy lifestyle is key when it comes to reducing the likelihood of chronic conditions and debilitating symptoms
Lifestyle medicine looks at the cause of a condition, exploring daily behaviours and habits and identifying ways of adjusting things to improve your health and quality of life.
Which conditions can be managed by lifestyle medicine?
Weight problems | high cholesterol | high blood pressure | type 2 diabetes | fatty-liver disease | joint pains |depression | anxiety | lethargy | chronic stress | IBS | food intolerances | hormonal problems and more …
What happens during a consultation?
You will be given a questionnaire to complete at home before your appointment. The consultation lasts for one hour. Dr Hodgkinson will take a detailed medical and lifestyle history. She will assess your health concerns and evaluate your symptoms.She may suggest some necessary tests such as blood tests to help to get a full picture of your health.Changing your lifestyle habits will be the main way of treating and managing your chronic disease, and in addition supplements may be suggested.
What happens after the first consultation?
Dr Hodgkinson will then usually advise a follow up appointment lasting for up to one hour to discuss results of any tests and a lifestyle plan which you can implement and sustain, giving you the tools to make changes in your life to improve your health.Further appointments if required will be discussed with you. If you would like to come and speak to Dr Hodgkinson at another time that is not prearranged, then you are welcome to book an appointment using the online system.
Will I still see my GP about my chronic condition?
Yes absolutely. Lifestyle consultations are designed to compliment rather than replace the need to see your GP. Chronic conditions which can be attributed to poor lifestyle are focused on. Any other chronic condition and acute medical problem will need to be managed by your own doctor.
Can I get a prescription for my chronic condition?
Dr Hodgkinson will offer advice on lifestyle changes and may suggest supplements. She will not prescribe medication which you can obtain from your GP. The exception to this is if you have been consulted for a hormone imbalance and you are managing this with hormone replacement therapy.
What if I have a lifestyle consultation for chronic symptoms including hormonal imbalances?
Depending on your history, tests may be suggested to support a diagnosis or further management. A follow up consultation to discuss the result with then be arranged.
Why should I consider a consultation with Dr Hodgkinson?
If you want to learn how to make positive, healthy and sustainable changes in your lifestyle, you may benefit from a lifestyle medicine consultation. Hopefully you will then feel empowered to improve your life for the better!
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