THE SCIENCE OF A HEALTHY LIFE
To connect and engage multi-disciplinary scientists and other experts around the globe dedicated to applying and advancing the science of lifestyle medicine to achieve healthier living.
The mission of the Global Lifestyle Medicine Alliance GLMA is to prevent lifestyle related disease worldwide by translating science into feasible tools and engaging the public in the principles of the four positive impulses for a healthy and sustainable life.
From Cell to Community
We help the public lead healthier lives by directly connecting scientists from different fields to the public and translating the current evidence based research in lifestyle medicine to useful and actionable information and interventions.
Translating Research into Healthy Lives
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL LIFESTYLE MEDICINE ALLIANCE GLMA?
The Global Lifestyle Medicine Alliance GLMA is a voluntary public-private, not-for-profit network of experts dedicated to identifying and implementing innovative solutions – based on the science of lifestyle medicine – to prevent and reduce diseases associated with lifestyle; inactivity, poor nutrition, chronic stress and obesity. New ideas are needed to tackle non-communicable – or ‘lifestyle’ diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, asthma and diabetes. GLMA is a premier world-wide organization led by scientists in the development and application of an evidence-based approach to ending lifestyle-related diseases (noncommuncable diseases). GLMA is the trusted source for most current evidence based research and findings to ensure the public has access to the necessary resources to live a healthy lifestyle.
A World in Healthy Lifestyle Balance
LIFESTYLE MEDICINE DEFINED
Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes. Lifestyle Medicine is an Evidence-based Medical Specialty.
Lifestyle medicine is often prescribed in conjunction with pharmacotherapy and other forms of therapy.
Lifestyle medicine interventions include counseling, screening, and clinical application of lifestyle modifications (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, TLC).
Lifestyle related diseases include:
- Obesity and Metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Heart attack, hypertension
- Cancer (esp. some forms of cancer such as colon cancer)
- Neurodegenerative diseases
Lifestyle Medicine is an interdisciplinary field of medicine, psychosocial sciences, public health, and biology. Key principles include primary prevention strategies that address lifestyle habits, as well as the treatment of the underlying cause and pathophysiology (e.g. low-grade systemic inflammation) common to LRDs.