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Letters Lifestyle medicine

Lifestyle medicine: we must keep informed to best serve our patients

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 28 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4954
  1. Miriam Maisel, general practitioner
  1. Out of Hours Service, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries DG2 8RX, UK
  1. miriammaisel{at}

I was one of the first cohort of doctors to sit the lifestyle medicine examination in Edinburgh earlier this year, after years of study and practice.1 Although lifestyle and nutrition is listed as the initial step in guideline algorithms, it receives, at best, lip service. Part of the reason is that doctors are unaware of the profound benefits achievable with lifestyle changes, and part of this unawareness stems from the guidelines lagging behind the …

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