MedPageToday has the poop.
Patients may need help managing metabolic and endocrine disorders with healthy eating and lifestyle choices, and now there’s a comprehensive set of clinical guidelines, issued jointly by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American College of Endocrinology, and the Obesity Society, to assist them.
I lost interest when they recommended avoiding saturated fats. There’s no call for that.
All patients, in addition to receiving an education in nutrition and meal preparation, should engage in 150 minutes or more of physical activity weekly, and learn ways to avoid a sedentary lifestyle, receive adequate sleep, and budget time to relax and reduce stress. Patients should also generally consume a mix of animal and plant proteins and carbohydrates. They should reduce the fat consumed with dairy and animal products, and avoid saturated fats.
Two key recommendations he noted were that healthy eating with a focus on fresh foods — such as fruits and vegetables — was central to a healthy meal plan, and that there was no evidence to support consumption of vitamin supplements except in deficient populations.
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Are your eventual health problems a matter of fate by the time you reach middle age?
A study from the Medical University of South Carolina asked whether middle-aged folks could improve their health and longevity by making healthful changes in lifestyle. 15,708 study participants, ages 45-64, were surveyed with regards to four “healthy lifestyle” components, namely:
- five or more fruits and vegetables daily
- regular exercise
- healthy weight range (BMI 18.5-29.9)
- no current smoking
When first surveyed, 8.5% of the participants had all four of the healthy lifestyle components. When surveyed six years later, 8.4% of the remainder had adopted these four healthy lifestyle features. Overall death rate and cardiovascular disease events were monitored over the next four years. Compared to the study participants who did not adopt a healthy lifestyle, the new adopters had a 40% lower incidence of death from all causes and 35% less cardiovascular disease events.
So middle-aged people can improve their longevity and avoid cardiovascular disease by making healthy lifestyle changes. These improvements are very significant in degree and comparable to, if not better than, results seen with many expensive medications and invasive medical procedures.
Why not make some changes today?
Steve Parker, M.D.
References: King, Dana E., et al. Turning Back the Clock: Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle in Middle Age. American Journal of Medicine, 120(2007): 598-603.