There are many people undergoing treatment for chronic diseases or are trying to nip chronic ailments in the bud. However, they cannot expect more effective treatment unless they adopt positive lifestyle changes. What are lifestyle changes? These are systematically and strategically devised changes to your regular eating patterns, dietary plan, exercise schedule, working schedules, and other habits including sleep, rest, and recreation. 

Why lifestyle changes are important is because they have the power to ensure effective management of blood pressure, glucose, metabolic functioning, cholesterol levels, and weight. They also contribute towards lowering inflammation. This has been the positive impact of changing lifestyles for better health through ages. Modifications in lifestyle including exercise and diet are often the first treatment policy for metabolic ailments/syndromes and also resistance to insulin. These changes contribute greatly towards lowering overall cancer risks as per studies along with reducing risks of contracting cardiovascular ailments and type 2 diabetes progression along with combating hepatic fat, reverse insulin resistance, and tackling metabolic syndromes. 

Even diabetes researchers have noted how intensive healthy lifestyle changes that enable weight reduction can help in combating or delaying the arrival of type 2 diabetes. This may also help in easing out metabolic issues for those who are obese or overweight or with pre-diabetes conditions. In fact, research has shown how major lifestyle changes can sometimes help in effectively combating or treating issues like obesity, CVD, hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome, T2DM, and other chronic diseases. 

How dietary changes impact you positively  

The key objective behind positive lifestyle changes is to ensure a better quality of life along with enhanced health and a lower burden of diseases. This takes place through enhanced body composition, leading to lower fat mass in the body, especially the visceral adipose tissue and higher muscle mass. VAT (visceral adipose tissue) may lead to inflammation and trigger atherosclerosis and resistance to insulin. Lowering calories is the key goal behind all diets tailored to help people lose weight. However, all calories are not created in the same way. Calories derived from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats will be metabolized in various ways. All carbohydrates will be converted into glucose while this will stimulate the release of insulin. Insulin helps in the regulation of fat storage while leading to inflammation and elevation of triglycerides. 

There are some carbohydrates that also release insulin more than other types. This is called the GI (Glycemic Index). High-GI food items often ensure higher excretion of insulin while LGI (Low Glycemic Index) foods ensure lower and slower excretion of insulin. High insulin levels indicate that the body should store up more calories as fat. Chronically high levels and issues like hypertriglyceridemia may contribute towards more resistance towards insulin. A diet that enhances plant-based items, lowers grain consumption and dairy products, and makes use of smaller lean animal protein portions while allowing a single serving of alcohol each week will naturally have a positive impact. A lower intake of grains will ensure that people have lower cravings overall. 

A higher glycemic index meal plan and a lower calorie diet will lead to weight loss and the lower glycemic index meal plan will also contribute towards reducing overall hepatic fat levels, lowering risks of several ailments like liver failures or cirrhosis in the future. 

Exercising for a better tomorrow

Those suffering from chronic ailments often witness lower muscle mass levels or sarcopenia. Exercising is vital for muscle development and also for losing weight. Higher muscle mass will lead to higher basal metabolic rates, thereby helping burn higher calories while resting. Since muscle mass goes up, levels of glucose automatically come down since glucose is the key energy source for muscles. Resistance-based exercises lead to enhanced muscle mass while aerobic exercise helps in lowering what we call the visceral adipose tissues as well. This VAT reduction and higher muscle mass contribute towards the effective treatment of various conditions. 

Resistance-based exercises are highly recommended in this scenario along with at least five days of workouts every week. Experts usually recommend exercising for 30 minutes each day for five days each week. People should increasingly opt for exercise programs that are tailored to their specific weight loss and muscle development needs. 

Managing Stress

Chronic stress will naturally lead to higher levels of cortisol, thereby increasing triglyceride, CRP and insulin while leading to higher deposition of VAT as well. A major effect of stress is frequent insomnia. With sleep levels coming down to less than 7-8 hours each night, it will lead to higher weight gain and also temporary resistance to insulin. Stress management is vital and so are interventions at a behavioral level. Lowering psychological and mental stress will be crucial for improving overall medical treatments. Stress management is possible by learning techniques for relaxation, meditation, and other effective strategies. This will go a long way towards enhancing the effectiveness of treatment for various ailments according to experts. 

Modifications in Behavior

The commonest behavioral modification form is also called the expert-recipient blueprint where guidance is given by providers and patients listen to the same. It may not always be a good strategy to simply tell others what they should be doing. Motivational approaches, gathering insights from patients and a patient-centric perspective will be the key towards modifying behavior and ushering in positive lifestyle changes accordingly. Interviewing of a motivational nature will naturally tap into the underlying desires of patients to change their lifestyles. These approaches lead to better exercise, diet, and sleep patterns, making it easier to treat and manage diverse ailments.