A team from the US Centers from Disease Control & Prevention (CDC; Georgia, USA) reports that a more physically active physician encourages patients to follow suit. Isabel Garcia de Quevedo and colleagues completed a meta analysis of studies dating from 1979 through 2012 that compared healthcare providers' typically self-reported physical activity habits or fitness to their practice in counseling patients. All but one of the 24 observational studies they found did show a significant effect of healthcare providers own physical activity or fitness level and whatever physical activity counseling behavior was assessed. Most of the studies (15) found the association among physicians, but it was also seen in nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers, as well as among medical and nursing students.
Garcia de Quevedo I, Lobelo F. "Healthcare providers as role models for physical activity" [Abstract P420]. American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013, presented 25 March 2013.
Seven tenets of the anti-aging lifestyle not only reduce a person’s risks of heart disease, but may combat cancer as well.
Seniors who are socially isolated and lonely may be at greater risk of early death.
Physically active doctors are more likely to encourage regular physical activity in their patients.
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World Health Organization official urges that health be taken into account in climate change mitigation strategies.
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Plan for changes in lifestyle and health to improve your odds of a healthy and happy retirement.
Tip #147 - Bone Building Basics II
Osteoporosis affects 75 million people in Europe, the United States, and Japan, and will continue to bloom into a major public health crisis as the global population ages.
Researchers from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) studied 34 postmenopausal women, average age 66.1 years, with an average BMI of 25.98 kg/m2, assigning them to one of four groups for a period of 6 months: no exercise and no antioxidant supplement; no exercise and antioxidant supplement (600 mg vitamin E and 1,000 mg vitamin C daily); exercise (resistance training) and no antioxidant; and exercise plus antioxidant. In women who did no exercise and took no antioxidant supplement, a significant loss of bone in the hip and spine was observed. In the group receiving both exercise and antioxidant supplement, the researchers found the best bone mass retention.
Osteoporosis increases a person’s risk of fractures, a major cause of disability and/or hospitalization among aging men and women. Consult an anti-aging physician to design a combined program of exercise plus antioxidant supplementation that is appropriate for your medical needs.