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Cleveland Clinic's Functional Medicine Study

From eNewsletter 11/4/2019

DID YOU KNOW that physical activity, regardless of intensity, is associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people, according to a study from British Medical Journal? Alternatively, being sedentary, for example sitting still for 9.5 hours or more a day (excluding sleeping time), is associated with an increased risk of death.


Bonnie and Steve: Cleveland Clinic researchers found that functional medicine was associated with improvements in health-related quality of life. The results of the two-year study appeared last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.

This first-of-its-kind study evaluated the impact of functional medicine model of care on patients' health-related quality of life.

Researchers believe that reasons for the improvements in health-related quality of life shown in the functional medicine patients include differences in the functional medicine model itself, the types of patients seeking functional medicine, and treatment adherence or belief in the model of care.

Functional medicine looks at the body as a whole and focuses on the root causes of disease rather than an isolated set of symptoms. It's based on the evidence that lifestyle factors - such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress levels, relationships and genetics - are major contributors to chronic disease. Where have you heard this before ;)

In 2014, Cleveland Clinic became the first academic medical center to open a Center for Functional Medicine.

WHAT IS STRESS? Steve: Stress is a confluence of events, starting with a stimulus (stressor) that precipitates a reaction in the brain (stress perception) and results in the activation of the physiological fight-or-flight systems in the body (stress response)...This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members. You can get this article by signing up here. You can get our free eNewsletter by signing up at the top of our website.


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