2nd lifestyle medicine conference to discuss ways to reduce premature mortality from NCDs

Kuala Lumpur: The 2nd Malaysian Lifestyle Medicine Conference to be held here next month will focus on the application of Lifestyle Medicine (LM) to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The two-day conference themed ‘Lifestyle Medicine: A Prescription for Chronic Diseases’ starting from December 1 will discuss how LM interventions can help meet the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development target of reducing premature mortality by one third. NCDs through prevention and treatment by 2030.

LM is an emerging discipline in healthcare that has the potential to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with NCDs, said Dr Shivaneswaran Pubalasingham, founder, president and event organizer of the Malaysian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (MSLM).pix) said.

It is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention that aims to prevent, treat, and reverse chronic disease by addressing underlying causes and replacing unhealthy behaviors with positive ones.

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Its six key pillars are nutrition that is predominantly plant-based, physical activity, stress management, good social connections, restorative sleep, and smoking and alcohol prevention.

“The LM intervention has the potential to reduce mortality from the four major NCDs (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease) by a third by 2030 between the ages of 30 and 70.

“In our global fight against NCDs, I think it is very timely that the LM intervention is important and will be the focus of discussion at our upcoming Malaysian Lifestyle Medicine Conference,” he told Bernama.

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Dr Shivaneswaran, who is on the advisory board of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, said the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015 recognizes NCDs as a major public health challenge.

“Sustainable Development Goal 3 includes target 3.4 to reduce premature NCD mortality by one-third by 2030,” he said, adding that NCDs kill 41 million people every year, which equates to 74 percent of all deaths worldwide.

The conference will be conducted in a hybrid format and will be supported by the Ministry of Health.

International LM experts participating in the conference include T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University; Dr. David L. Katz, founder and former director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center at Yale University; Dr. Beth Frates, President Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Bimal Karani, Professor of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics at the University of Reading.

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Conference highlights include lifestyle medicine and NCDs, the role of plant-based diets in diabetes, lifestyle medicine group interventions for stroke and lifestyle medicine protocols for obesity.

Participants are entitled to collect 16 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points as prescribed by the Malaysian Medical Association.

The event will be held at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel and more information can be found at https://lifestylemedicinemalaysia.org. – Program

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