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Understanding Chronic Disease and Its Impact on Health

The American Medical Association is urging physicians to offer evidenced- based, lifestyle medicine interventions as their primary mode of promoting health and managing chronic diseases.1

As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions. One in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions:2

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

People with diabetes have a four-fold risk for developing Alzheimer’s. People with prediabetes or metabolic syndrome have an increased risk for having predementia or mild cognitive impairment.3

Leading Healthcare Organizations & Medical Experts Agree

Lifestyle modifications are often recommended as part of the first line of healthcare management or in conjunction with medical therapies by various health organizations such as:

  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist’s (AACE)
  • American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)

Clinical Research

Joslin/Harvard: Improved Intake of Essential Nutrients Following Structured Nutrition Therapy Versus Individualized Dietary Plan for Overweight and Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes:

Costs Correlated with Chronic Disease

US healthcare costs associated with lifestyle-related chronic disease are estimated to be 75% of total costs and growing rapidly with an aging population engaged in unhealthy lifestyles.4

People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of about $13,700 per year, of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes. The healthcare costs of a person diagnosed with diabetes are 2.3 times that of a person without diabetes.5

Successfully Implementing Lifestyle Modifications in Practice

FirstLine Therapy® is a complete operating system that provides the training, tools, structure, and platform required to offer behavior modifications in clinical practice. It has been demonstrated to improve patient outcomes and provide an additional revenue stream. Certification programs are offered throughout the country. Visit or ask your Metagenics representative for more information.

What FirstLine Therapy Practitioners Are Saying

“FirstLine Therapy is a lifeline for a physician who is looking for an evidence-based, logical, and highly successful clinical platform that has

been shown to improve both patient outcomes and the bottom line of any physician’s practice. This is a program that can serve as the foundation of any practice and any patient’s treatment plan, no matter how complex the practice or the patient. The beauty of this program is not only its clinical efficacy and virtually nonexistent side-effect profile, but that it serves as a gateway to all of the other service lines within the medical practice. It’s a win-win for the patient and the prescriber.”

Cory Rice, DO

“FirstLine Therapy is the hub of my entire practice. It is the operating system and tools I use every day to help guide my patients through healthy lifestyle changes. I believe having a system to effectively deliver personalized lifestyle medicine to my patients is the number-one contributor to my success as a practitioner and business owner.”

Trisha Paulson, ND

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