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Lifestyle medicine: a new medical specialty?

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4442 (Published 25 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4442

Re: Lifestyle medicine: a new medical specialty?

Three questions
a) Has the body of knowledge expanded substantially over the years with the potential to benefit patients?

b) Do diverse branches of medicine have a common thread in relation to understanding the matter and added benefits to patients, when a single branch appears to be conferring limited benefits?

c) Is the new speciality likely to be vibrant with ongoing and continued research for widening the scope and adding to knowledge?

As the answers to all three questions and probably more are in the affirmative, there is certain merit in supporting Lifestyle Medicine as a new medical speciality. A degree of overlap and some initial bickering is to be expected, yet proven yields in the new speciality would justify its creation and consequent consolidation.

Dr Murar E Yeolekar, Mumbai

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 October 2018
Murar E Yeolekar
Professor of Internal Medicine
K J Somaiya Medical College and Hospital
Eastern Express Highway, Sion, Mumbai 400022.ttInAs