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HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MATTER

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:05pm

By Marie Dufour, RD – Just in case we needed a reminder, the Germans confirm that following healthy lifestyles lowers by 80% the risk of chronic diseases.  Surprised? Helloooooo!!!

The EPIC study of 23,153 German patients ages 35 to 65 (1) confirms what we already knew about the impact of healthy lifestyles on chronic illness.  German patients who adopted four healthy lifestyle choices had a nearly 80% reduced risk of 4 major chronic illnesses: diabetes, myocardial infarction, stroke, and cancer. 

Independently of alcohol use (and abuse), these four lifestyle factors are:

- body mass index (BMI) under 30 – the greatest factor for risk reduction;

- never smoking;

- performing at least 3.5 hours per week of physical activity; and

- following a healthy diet. 

RISK for individual diseases when keeping all 4 lifestyle factors were as follows:

- Diabetes: 93% lower

- Myocardial infarction: 81% lower

- Stroke: 50% lower

- All cancers: 36% lower

 

PREVENTION:   Adhesion to the four factors prevented 75% of diabetes cases, 45% of myocardial infarction, 18% of stroke, and 19% of cancer cases. (2)

So, here we are again, looking at obesity as the greatest risk factor for chronic disease.  But obesity is only the result of two other combined factors: unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.  Therefore, we shouldn’t concentrate on obesity.  Rather, we should concentrate on …. Hello!  ARE YOU LISTENING?….

1 – healthy diets

2 – physical activity

HEALTHY NUTRITION is not achieved with diet pills, bottles of vitamin capsules, or colon cleansing sessions.  Achieving healthy nutrition on a national scale requires pro-health legislation at every administrative level and a proactive stance from the food industry and retailers.  Furthermore, we, the consumer MUST demand it.  Ideas?  I’ve got plenty!

- Demand school lunch oversight: a change in nutrition guidelines and a federal and state increase in per-meal allowance.

- Propose city legislation allowing produce food cart in car-accessible area (curbside), and work with grocery stores and distributors to decentralize produce retail carts.

- Demand health warning labels on high-fat, high-sugar items.

 

And take to the street if you have to: walking is good exercise…

 

(1) European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Potsdam study

(2) Ford ES, et al “Healthy living is the best revenge: Findings from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition — Potsdam Study” Arch Intern Med 2009; 169(15): 1355-62.

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By Marie Dufour, RD – Just in case we needed a reminder, the Germans confirm that following healthy lifestyles lowers by 80% the risk of chronic diseases.  Surprised? Helloooooo!!!

The EPIC study of 23,153 German patients ages 35 to 65 (1) confirms what we already knew about the impact of healthy lifestyles on chronic illness.  German patients who adopted four healthy lifestyle choices had a nearly 80% reduced risk of 4 major chronic illnesses: diabetes, myocardial infarction, stroke, and cancer. 

Independently of alcohol use (and abuse), these four lifestyle factors are:

- body mass index (BMI) under 30 – the greatest factor for risk reduction;

- never smoking;

- performing at least 3.5 hours per week of physical activity; and

- following a healthy diet. 

RISK for individual diseases when keeping all 4 lifestyle factors were as follows:

- Diabetes: 93% lower

- Myocardial infarction: 81% lower

- Stroke: 50% lower

- All cancers: 36% lower

 

PREVENTION:   Adhesion to the four factors prevented 75% of diabetes cases, 45% of myocardial infarction, 18% of stroke, and 19% of cancer cases. (2)

So, here we are again, looking at obesity as the greatest risk factor for chronic disease.  But obesity is only the result of two other combined factors: unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.  Therefore, we shouldn’t concentrate on obesity.  Rather, we should concentrate on …. Hello!  ARE YOU LISTENING?….

1 – healthy diets

2 – physical activity

HEALTHY NUTRITION is not achieved with diet pills, bottles of vitamin capsules, or colon cleansing sessions.  Achieving healthy nutrition on a national scale requires pro-health legislation at every administrative level and a proactive stance from the food industry and retailers.  Furthermore, we, the consumer MUST demand it.  Ideas?  I’ve got plenty!

- Demand school lunch oversight: a change in nutrition guidelines and a federal and state increase in per-meal allowance.

- Propose city legislation allowing produce food cart in car-accessible area (curbside), and work with grocery stores and distributors to decentralize produce retail carts.

- Demand health warning labels on high-fat, high-sugar items.

 

And take to the street if you have to: walking is good exercise…

 

(1) European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Potsdam study

(2) Ford ES, et al “Healthy living is the best revenge: Findings from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition — Potsdam Study” Arch Intern Med 2009; 169(15): 1355-62.

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