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Lifestyle medicine is a paradigm shift in medicine, as the patient becomes the protagonist, the living room replaces the waiting room and the operations move from 3×15 minutes to 365 days per year. Type II diabetes is the prototype of a lifestyle disease, with 60-80% diabetics at least partially curing from the disease. This is been my dream, vision and passion for the last eight years. It also a highly relevant goal for TNO, being exceptionally relevant for society and promising future business models. It is also a difficult nut to crack, as current businesses do not necessarily like this mode of action. A principal scientist worthy.
As a team, and together with LUMC colleagues, we have set the stage for a systems transition of lifestyle medicine. This started with the systems biology, then included behavioral change technology, data sciences, and last but not least the economics. A landmark review (“From diabetes care to diabetes cure”) was issued in 2018. We aim for the city of Den Haag for a regional systems transition. This includes healthcare providers, insurance providers, local and national government, funders, and a variety of local and global companies. We target type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and fatty liver. As a result of this collaboration, the “lifestyle4health”Institute was founded.