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2.7% of US Adults Achieve All Four Healthy Behaviors

Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi recently conducted a study on four healthy lifestyle behaviors (good diet, moderate exercise, recommended body fat percentage, non-smoking) in U.S. adults. Here are some key findings from the report:

  • 2.7% of all adults had all four healthy lifestyle characteristics, while 16% had three.
  • 37% had two, 34% had one, and 11% had none of the healthy lifestyle characteristics.
  • Mexican American adults were more likely to eat a healthy diet than non-Hispanic white or black adults.
  • Women were more likely to not smoke and eat a healthy diet, but less likely to be sufficiently active.
  • 1 in 10 had a normal body fat percentage and 46% were sufficiently active.
  • 71% adults did not smoke and 38% ate a healthy diet.

Source: Oregon State University, March 21, 2016

Imagine what could have been in heart disease, if not for diabetes and obesity

Seniors are having fewer heart attacks, data showA Yale University study showed stable hospitalization rates for heart attacks among young and middle-aged adults from 2001 to 2010, while heart attack rates for Medicare-age adults dropped by more than 20%. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found women ages 30 to 54 who were hospitalized for a heart attack had a higher risk of poorer outcomes than men, and lead author Aakriti Gupta, M.D., suggested primary prevention resources should be redirected toward young women. HealthDay News (7/21)

In addition, the study points out, “Obesity and diabetes among younger adults appear to be overwhelming the improvements in treating high blood pressure and high cholesterol that have helped older Americans reduce their heart attack risk.”

What if people did the basic ‘blocking and tackling’ in health care we know how to do?

Lower diabetes, heart
risk seen with modest weight loss

Middle-aged women who
maintained a weight loss of 10% or more over two years attained significant
declines in total cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, and glucose and
inflammation markers, reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease and
diabetes, a study indicated. The results were published in the Journal of the
American Heart Association. Nurse.com (12/30)

High Blood Pressure, Diet and Weight are All Related

Study shows greater hypertension risk among U.S. children

A study in the journal Hypertension revealed that the risk for high
blood pressure in U.S. children aged 8 to 17 increased 27% over a 13-year
period. Researchers also found children with bigger waist sizes were twice as
likely as their slimmer counterparts to have hypertension, while black children
had a 28% greater risk of high blood pressure compared with whites. Children
who had the highest salt consumption were also 36% more likely than those who
had the lowest intake to have hypertension, researchers said. HealthDay News (7/15)

When perception affects reality

According to a recent survey, 53% of the 87% of consumers who say their health is good, actually report height and weight that categorize them as overweight or obese according to their body mass index (BMI).

Source: “New
Survey Reveals Employer Health Strategies That Are Helping Workers Improve
their Health and Wellness,” Aon Hewitt Press Release,

January 9, 2013, http://aon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2818

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Moving to fee for care

Better outcomes seen with primary care-based diabetes program
Obese patients with metabolic syndrome, prediabetes or both who underwent diabetes prevention initiatives delivered in a primary care setting attained significant reductions in body weight compared with those who had usual care, a study showed. Improvements in waist circumference and fasting plasma glucose were also noted in the intervention groups, researchers wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine. InternalMedicineNews.com (12/10)

Blood pressure, BMI and Cholesterol – know your numbers – your life may depend on it

Metabolic factors may raise odds of dying from prostate cancer
Metabolic risk factors such as high body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol increased the risk of dying from prostate cancer by an additional 13% to 62%, a study in the journal Cancer found. However, researchers said, metabolic factors were not linked to a greater likelihood of developing prostate cancer. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/22)

Increase your activity — can you hear me now?

Studies: Being physically active improves brain health
Walking for 30 to 45 minutes three times a week for a year can increase the size of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, brain areas that are key in memory, in people ages 60 to 80 without Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Another study found that resistance training can enhance the mental skills and memory of women ages 70 to 80 who suffer from mild cognitive impairment. WebMD (7/16)

and if that weren’t enough to make you think about getting up …

Sedentary lifestyle is linked to mortality and disease, studies show
About 5 million people died in 2008 from diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle, and about 1.5 billion people worldwide do not get recommended amounts of physical activity, according to studies in The Lancet. Inactivity is a risk factor comparable to smoking or obesity, researchers said, and is estimated to cause 10% of colon and breast cancers, 7% of type 2 diabetes cases and 6% of heart disease cases. More than 500,000 lives could be saved each year if inactivity was reduced by 10%, researchers said. Yahoo!/Agence France-Presse (7/17)

Cause or effect: high blood pressure, diabetetes and or obesity are a dangerous combination

Obesity alone does not raise mortality risk, study finds
A study in The Journal of American Board of Family Medicine found excess body weight was not associated with increased mortality risk in obese adults aged 18 to 90. However, severely obese participants with diabetes or hypertension were 1.26 times more likely to die than their normal-weight counterparts, University of California, Davis, researchers said. International Business Times (7/8), Daily News (New York)/Indo-Asian News Service (7/8)

Once again, it is all about education

CDC report connects health to education, income
Highly educated people with more income were less likely to have chronic diseases and had greater life expectancy than those with less income and education, according to a report released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. From 2007 to 2010, obesity rates were lower among children and teens ages 2 to 19 in homes where the head of the household had at least a bachelor’s degree. Women age 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher were less likely to be obese, but the obesity rate did not correlate consistently with education among men. Time.com/Healthland blog (5/16), United Press International (5/16)

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