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Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan





ISBN 9780367627621
Published October 25, 2021 by CRC Press
520 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There is renewed interest in lifestyle medicine – the focus on food, physical activity, stress management, high-quality connections, restorative sleep, and avoidance of toxic substances – in the prevention, treatment, and sometimes reversal of chronic disease, but very little information exists on its application for improving specific women’s health issues across the lifespan. Consequently, there is a growing need among health professionals who care for women for a textbook that addresses evidence-based lifestyle solutions to manage the health challenges they face every day in their offices.

This book begins with a review of the fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine through the lens of a woman’s lifespan. It provides information about lifestyle interventions to improve gynecologic and sexual health and to manage and sometimes reverse gynecologic diseases. It clarifies the importance of lifestyle and behaviors before and during pregnancy to address infertility, reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes, and to lower non-communicable diseases in children along with emerging epigenetic evidence. The use of Lifestyle Medicine to prevent and manage breast and gynecologic cancers, enhance health as part of cancer survivorship, and decrease the risk or reduce many of the symptoms and diseases experienced during menopause including vasomotor symptoms and osteoporosis are also discussed. Additionally, the text covers cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, dementia and mental health from the perspective of gender specific differences.

This book provides practical resources on implementing the components of lifestyle medicine. Some of the topics covered include models of care for women and families, reimbursement, health coaching and behavioral change, community engagement and health equity for under-resourced settings. The electronic version of the book presents supplemental material featuring in-depth reading, as well as online and digital resources for implementing Lifestyle Medicine.

The book is an evidence-based source of information on women’s health issues for health professionals already practicing lifestyle medicine, as well as an entry level textbook for those new to the field of lifestyle medicine. The collective expertise of each of the editors along with content provided by leaders within the American College of Lifestyle Medicine fills a much-needed void within the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine and is for providers of women’s health globally.

Features:

● Provides a basic overview of Lifestyle Medicine (nutrient-rich diet, exercise, stress resilience, sleep, and high-quality connections) in the care of women across the lifespan.

● Provides lifestyle-focused treatment recommendations for specific women health issues.

● Includes strategies for implementing Lifestyle Medicine with vulnerable populations and in communities.

● Summarizes key points at the close of each chapter and includes supplemental material with in-depth reading.

● Features additional resources for implementing lifestyle medicine into practice.

 

"This women's health book is evidence based and comprehensive. There is nothing like it. Women need up to date information about physical activity, nutrition, sleep, stress resilience, social connection and substance use. In addition, there is a desire to better understand the power of these pillars throughout a woman's life including pregnancy, menopause and the golden years. This book fills that need." 
Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, DipABLM, FACLM, President Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
"Healthy aging begins at pre-conception. Evidence overwhelmingly shows that it’s we women who—through our lifestyle behavior choices—can take far greater control of our own health destinies, as well as the health destinies of our children and generations to come. We cannot underestimate the power of what we eat, how we move, and what we think in regard to our optimal health or lack thereof. This book is a must-read for all medical professionals!"
Susan Benigas, Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
Lifestyle Medicine is the science of taking core principles and customizing how they're applied to each individual and each situation to achieve positive health behavior change. This book sets the evidence based foundation for how that process happens, and why it needs to happen, with the most important segment of health consumers - women.  It is the next for all who are passionate about changing how health care is delivered."
Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH, Physician, Founder and Chair, Lifestyle Medical
 
“Lifestyle factors have a powerful role in chronic disease prevention, underscoring the profound control we have over our health.  Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan applies lifestyle medicine to women’s health, empowering women and their clinicians with the tools to transform their lives, and fostering a legacy of health for future generations.”
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, Editor Biographies, List of Contributors, Introduction, Chapter 1: Optimal Nutrition for Women, Chapter 2: Physical Activity for Women, Chapter 3: Sleep and Women’s Health, Chapter 4: Emotional Wellness and Stress Resilience, Chapter 5: Positive Psychology and Relational Connectedness, Chapter 6: Avoiding Risky Substances and Environmental Exposures, Chapter 7: Models of Care for Women and Families, Reimbursement, and Telemedicine, Chapter 8: Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma- Informed Care, Chapter 9: Health Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavior Change in Women’s Health, Chapter 10: Health Equity and Women’s Health in Underserved Communities, Chapter 11: Community Engagement and Women’s Health, Chapter 12: Lifestyle Medicine in the Care of Adolescent Girls, Chapter 13: Menstrual Health and Lifestyle Medicine, Chapter 14: Women’s Sexual Health and Lifestyle Medicine, Chapter 15: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis, and Female Infertility, Chapter 16: Lifestyle Medicine in Menopause and Bone Health, Chapter 17: Preconceptual Health, Chapter 18: Pregnancy, Chapter 19: Postpartum Health and Lactation, Chapter 20: A Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Breast Cancer, Chapter 21: Gynecologic Cancers and Lifestyle Medicine, Chapter 22: Lifestyle Medicine in Female Cancer Survivorship, Chapter 23: Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome, Chapter 24: Diabetes, Overweight, and Obesity, Chapter 25: Dementia, Chapter 26: Autoimmune Disorders across the Lifespan, Chapter 27: Psychiatric Disorders in Women, Index

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Biography

Michelle Tollefson, MD, FACOG, DipABLM, FACLM, is an obstetrician- gynecologist in Denver, CO, and a professor in the Health Professions Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she created and oversees the Lifestyle Medicine Program and the Wellness Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine Pathway.

Dr. Tollefson is a graduate of Creighton University, where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is also board certified in Lifestyle Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM).

As an ACLM member for more than a decade, she founded and co-chairs the Women’s Health Member Interest Group as well as the Pre- Professional Lifestyle Medicine Education Member Interest Group. She serves as the ACLM Board Secretary and on the Education and Membership Committees. Dr. Tollefson has worked with Dr. James Rippe, Lifestyle Medicine Series Editor, on prior projects, including guest- editorship of a special edition of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

She is also a breast cancer survivor and thriver and facilitates PAVING the Path to Wellness online Lifestyle Medicine groups for breast cancer survivors. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three children, Kaitlyn, Luke, and Blake.

Nancy Eriksen, MD, FACOG, DipABLM, is an associate professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Eriksen is a graduate of the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her fellowship in Maternal- Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal- Fetal Medicine, and Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Eriksen is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Women’s Health Member Interest Group and co-chair of the Pregnancy subcommittee.

Dr. Eriksen lectures on a variety of topics related to Lifestyle Medicine and women’s health for local, regional, and national audiences. She has been a speaker for an ACLM webinar and at national meetings for ACLM and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her most recent project is developing the Preconceptual Health and Nutrition and Pregnancy and Nutrition modules for the ACLM Food as Medicine CME course. Her clinical interests include the impact of a whole-food plant-based nutrition on improving preconceptual health and pregnancy outcomes.

Neha Pathak, MD, DipABLM, is a physician and WebMD/ Medscape medical editor and writer. Dr. Pathak is an honors graduate of Harvard College. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree and completed her internal medicine degree at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Pathak began practicing Lifestyle Medicine within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the Whole Health program. She completed the VA Quality Scholar program, a VA- sponsored quality improvement fellowship during which she developed and implemented a pilot program to improve care for vulnerable veterans utilizing interdisciplinary care, telehealth monitoring, and interventions focused on lifestyle and social determinants of health.

Dr. Pathak serves on the board of directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and is a member of the ACLM’s Women’s Health and Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine (HEAL) member interest groups. She is also co-chair of the ACLM’s Global Sustainability Committee.

She is passionate about educating the public and health professionals about the benefits of Lifestyle Medicine not only to protect individual health, but also to improve community and planetary health. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three daughters, Ishani, Kiran, and Vidya.

Reviews

"This women's health book is evidence based and comprehensive. There is nothing like it. Women need up to date information about physical activity, nutrition, sleep, stress resilience, social connection and substance use. In addition, there is a desire to better understand the power of these pillars throughout a woman's life including pregnancy, menopause and the golden years. This book fills that need." 
Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, DipABLM, FACLM, President Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
"Healthy aging begins at pre-conception. Evidence overwhelmingly shows that it’s we women who—through our lifestyle behavior choices—can take far greater control of our own health destinies, as well as the health destinies of our children and generations to come. We cannot underestimate the power of what we eat, how we move, and what we think in regard to our optimal health or lack thereof. This book is a must-read for all medical professionals!"
Susan Benigas, Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
Lifestyle Medicine is the science of taking core principles and customizing how they're applied to each individual and each situation to achieve positive health behavior change. This book sets the evidence based foundation for how that process happens, and why it needs to happen, with the most important segment of health consumers - women.  It is the next for all who are passionate about changing how health care is delivered."
Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH, Physician, Founder and Chair, Lifestyle Medical
 
“Lifestyle factors have a powerful role in chronic disease prevention, underscoring the profound control we have over our health.  Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan applies lifestyle medicine to women’s health, empowering women and their clinicians with the tools to transform their lives, and fostering a legacy of health for future generations.”
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor, Harvard Chan School of Public Health