First Line Therapy, 12-week Therapeutic Lifestyle Program
This lifestyle program teaches you to incorporate proper diet, exercise and stress management into your daily life to improve your health. It is great for a variety of health concerns including: Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, heart disease, stroke, fatigue, stress-related disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, PMS, menopause, and conditions related to over-weight and obesity.
Why do we recommend FirstLine Therapy® ?
Research indicates that many chronic diseases associated with aging are largely due to poor ‘lifestyle factors’ such as physical inactivity, stress and suboptimal nutrition. This makes lifestyle changes the first, and possibly the most important therapy doctors can prescribe for the treatment of many chronic disorders. It is this reason that the National Clinical Guidelines for most of these disorders advocate a multifactorial lifestyle approach; also known as “therapeutic lifestyle change or TLC.” FirstLine Therapy® is a therapeutic lifestyle program that teaches you how to make ‘everyday’ choices that will enhance your health, vitality and longevity.
Who can benefit from FirstLine Therapy®?
FirstLine Therapy is for anyone who would like to optimize their health and prevent disease. It is recommended as a ‘first line therapy’ for diseases such as:
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Metabolic syndrome/Insulin Resistance
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Type 2 Diabetes
FirstLine Therapy has also proved beneficial for patients experiencing health problems with:
- Men with low testosterone
- Inflammatory disorders
- Conditions related to overweight and obesity
- Joint pain
What is involved in the program?
The FirstLine Therapy® Program (FLT) is individualized to meet your own body and lifestyle needs. The core focus of FirstLine Therapy includes:
- Low-glycemic index dietary choices,
- Nutritional supplements
- Medical foods
- Exercise (tailored towards your conditioning and physical capabilities)
- Stress management
FLT also integrates body composition testing into the assessment and monitoring plan. Body composition is a measure of the amount of fat tissue relative to lean body mass. Calculating your composition allows us to develop a comprehensive plan based on your individual composition and daily caloric requirement.
Why is Body Composition so important?
Research shows that body composition is directly related to health. Being overweight or having excess fat in relation to lean body mass is the most common type of altered body composition associated with a high incidence of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension and dyslipidemia. More importantly, “belly fat” may present the greatest risk for health problems. So improving your body composition is one of the most powerful changes you can make towards controlling the aging process and reducing your health risks.
How often is my body composition measured?
Body composition is measured each visit using a Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis machine (BIA). This is important so we can track and monitor your composition to ensure you are maintaining or increasing your lean body mass while reducing body fat. Many weight loss programs measure weight or body mass index (BMI) and do not monitor the type of mass lost. In fact, many programs result in a loss of muscle mass.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost of FirstLine Therapy® office visits may be covered by your insurance company, if you have any of the following diagnoses: hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type 2 diabetes, or dysmetabolic syndrome. The cost of medical foods and nutritional supplements qualify as eligible medical expense with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts. Each serving of medical food is comparable in cost to a specialty coffee drink at Starbucks. Considering the substantial benefits you can derive from the FirstLine Therapy® program in reducing diabetes and cardiovascular risks, it is well worth the time and financial investment now to avoid the medical expenses and loss of quality of life from chronic diseases in the future!
What are Medical Foods?
The UltraMeal, Ultra Glucose Control and UltraInflamX medical foods used are high quality, all natural, low-glycemic, nutrient-dense shakes consisting of specifically selected proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Clinical Studies have shown that when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise program such as FirstLine Therapy® the UltraMeal® range helps to reduce fat and preserve muscle mass. UltraMeal® Ultra Glucose Control® and UltraInfalmX® shake formulas are available in a variety of formulations to cater to individual health needs. UltraMeal® products are free from yeast, eggs, hydrogenated oils, sucrose, and gluten. The shakes are also fortified with a vitamin and mineral core and provide 35% or more of the RDI (recommended daily intake). The protein used in these shakes are derived from non-GMO (non-genetically modified) soy. For those allergic to soy, UltraMeal® is also available in rice or whey protein formulations.
Do I have to use Medical Foods?
No, medical foods are optional on the FirstLine Therapy program. However, most people find them convenient as a balanced meal replacement or healthy snack option and help obtain results at a more rapid rate. They are available in a several delicious flavors depending on the specific product selected for your body composition and health concerns.
Are there studies to support the effectiveness of FirstLine Therapy and Medical Foods?
In a recently completed 12-week, open-labeled, randomized, 2-arm study of 44 subjects fulfilling 3 or more metabolic syndrome criteria, individuals who participated in the UltraMeal® Plus 360° Medical Food Program were shown to have:
- Statistically greater reductions in lipid parameters
- Fasting serum cholesterol
- Cholesterol/HDL ratio
- Triglyceride/HDL ratio
- Statistically greater reduction in serum homocysteine
- Significant increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol
- Persistent lowering effects on apoB and apoB/apoA1 ratio
- ApoB may be a better indicator of CVD risk than total cholesterol or LDL
- ApoB/apoA1 ratio is a newly recognized, increasingly significant indicator of CVD risk
Studies conducted at the Functional Medicine Research Center (FMRC)—the clinical research arm of Metagenics—show positive effects of the UltraGlycemX® Medical Food on:
- Fasting glucose
- Fasting insulin
- Postprandial glucose
- Postprandial insulin
- Triglyceride/HDL ratio
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Blood pressure
Who runs the FirstLine Therapy® Program ?
Heather Hanson is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, Certified Lifestyle Educator and Certified Personal trainer, who administers the program under the supervision of Dr. Sneed, Dr. Oubre, Dr. Oglesby and Lisa Long, PA-C. Heather is also certified in the FirstLine Therapy® Program and has been using it since 2011.
How often do I come for a visit?
This may vary from person to person, and can be customized, however the typical schedule is a 60-minute consult on week one, 30-45minute consult weeks 2, 4, 6, 9; and 12. Lab will typically be re-drawn at week 12.
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