Two articles hit the news on April 27. A British study reported that bad habits can age the body up to 12 years. The habits are smoking, more than 2-3 drinks a day, less than 2 hours of exercise a week, and fewer than 3 servings of fruit and veggies daily. The CDC stated in an on-line report that nearly half of the adults nationwide are at high risk of heart disease and 15% of those are not aware that they have a problem. Major risk factors include high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. These risk factors are basic, but there are more. The effects of stress and pollution (especially from lead and mercury) are equally dangerous. All of the factors are treatable, with minimal reliance on medications, which have their own set of side effects. Prevention and safe, effective treatments are the answer to our health care crisis.
See. The Toledo Blade (click here), April 27, 2010, p. 1&4.