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Exercise as Part of the Total health Package!




I am always thrilled to see a medical journal report on the power of diet and exercise. Sadly, it does not happen often enough. At the risk of sounding quite pessimistic, I’ve a feeling there is a pecuniary reason behind it. Either that or the attempts to get people to adhere to healthy lifestyles have become so burdensome it’s easier just to write a prescription for a drug and hope for the best. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology took over 20,000 men and separated them into groups including low risk dietary behavior, described as the consumption of “healthy from less healthy” foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, reduced fat dairy products, and fish.  It also included moderate alcohol consumption (10 to 30 g a day), no smoking, being physically active (described as walking or bicycling for more than 40 minutes a day), and having no abdominal adiposity (waist circumference less than 95 cm).  During an 11 year follow-up, they found that there were 1361 cases of myocardial infarctions. Assessing the data showed that almost 4 out of 5 myocardial infarctions in men may be preventable, with a combination of the low risk behaviors described above. This study, like many before it and I’m sure many more to come, demonstrates that devotion to a combination of healthy dietary and lifestyle practices, planned daily movement, and staying lean is the most powerful health intervention one can be involved in. 

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