Justbe invites you to a free talk + Q & A by Dr Rajiv Bajekal from NHS, UK. During his career as a surgeon and with his vast experience in the medical field, he has learnt the benefits of a good diet and how it can make miracles in people’s lives.
He will talk about how to prevent and reverse chronic lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes using your own eating habits and lifestyle as the tool to do so. He will also share his own story on how he reversed his own pre-diabetes, lost excess weight, regained youthful energy and is now helping many of his patients to lead a healthy life without prescription medication. This talk is for everyone who has an interest in staying or becoming healthy, overcoming fatigue and warding off avoidable lifestyle diseases.
About Dr Rajiv Bajekal:
Dr Rajiv Bajekal is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in spinal surgery. He was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1998 and has been working in London at the Royal Free London NHS foundation Trust since 2002. He has published widely and lectures Nationally and Internationally besides being a Senior examiner for the FRCS Orthopaedics.
In 2016, he had some personal health problems and had put on a lot of weight with time in the UK. He and his wife researched diet and nutrition and he embarked on a way of living a healthier life with compassion and care for the environment. In the process, he lost 25 kg of weight, reversed his pre-diabetes and found a new zest for helping patients live a healthier life.
He decided to study lifestyle medicine as a lot of the disorders affecting people nowadays are lifestyle related and he and his wife (Consultant Gynaecologist) both studied and passed the Diploma examination in Lifestyle Medicine conducted by the American board of lifestyle medicine, He and his wife Nitu are now certified lifestyle medicine practitioners with a Diploma from the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine - by far his proudest achievement.
Dr Bajekal is particularly keen to find simple and often non-surgical solutions for patients in severe pain and practices lifestyle medicine to look at problems more holistically rather than just the presenting problem.
Lifestyle medicine is a relatively new approach to the management of chronic diseases as a result of widespread recognition that conditions such as Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes etc. are totally preventable and can be reversed or ‘cured’ by changes in lifestyle, because they are in fact caused largely by lifestyle especially dietary excesses.
There is little doubt that conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac problems, Eczema, Asthma, Alzheimer’s disease and indeed even a lot of Cancers are related to the lifestyle of the patient. Until now, these were often blamed on ‘bad genes’ or unavoidable.
While the ill effects of smoking, overuse of alcohol, stress and lack of sleep are more clearly accepted by patients, they are often sensitive about their diet and most believe they have a ‘healthy diet’, based on what they have read. Chronic health conditions cannot be managed purely by medication. That is a very naïve way of looking at it. Real change though must come from the patient. A lifestyle medicine practitioner is trained to give guidance, motivate, monitor change and assist the patient in a quest for better health. He and his wife now practice medicine holistically - looking at the causes and prevention of chronic illness while at the same time treating problems. They also lecture on lifestyle medicine and prevention of long term ill health.