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Every body dies. Dr. J’s mission has always been to present a choice and lifestyle to live life to the fullest and die more comfortably, instead of suffering. Read below about how baby boomers are living longer, but not healthier, than their predecessors.

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Taken from ABC News – Katie Moisse

Baby boomers are living longer lives than their predecessors, but not necessarily healthier lives, according to a new study that warns of rising health care costs.

Men and women born between 1946 and 1964 were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes than the generation before them, according to the study, published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. They were also more likely to be obese and less likely to exercise.

“Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age,” the study authors wrote. “On a positive note, baby boomers are less likely to smoke cigarettes and experience lower rates of emphysema and [heart attacks] than the previous generation.”

The study supports a gloomy forecast for healthcare costs as the oldest baby boomers approach their 70s. Americans spend roughly $147 billion on obesity and $177 billion on diabetes, according to theU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We’ve got a mixed report card here,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.  “We’ve got some As and Bs, but certainly some Cs and Ds with pretty serious implications for medical care in this country.”

But Schaffner say it’s never too late to turn things around.

“Exercise and diet continue to be very important as we get older, and it’s never too late to quit smoking,” said Schaffner, adding that exercise doesn’t mean “training for the Olympics.” “There are lots of easy things people can do: walking, swimming, gardening — physical activity of any kind.”

ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser, said the study should serve as inspiration for baby boomers with a lot more living to do.

“You can start to make a difference in your risk for all of these by making small changes in what you eat and how you move,” he said. ”It may not be easy, but it’s very simple: Start small, achieve success, and build from there.”

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vegetarianhotpot1Article taken from http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20130131/vegetarian-heart-disease

Jan. 31, 2013 — The risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is almost a third lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Oxford in England say the health benefits of not eating meat likely stem from having lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

But heart experts caution that following a vegetarian diet is unlikely to be enough to prevent heart disease.

Major Killer

Heart disease is the largest cause of death in developed countries.

The study looked at 44,561 men and women living in England and Scotland who were enrolled during the 1990s in a separate Oxford study looking at links betweencancer and nutrition.

Researchers used this database because of the unusually high number of vegetarians enlisted: 34% of the people.

All the people were asked about their health and lifestyles when they joined. This included questions about diet and exercise, as well as other factors affecting health such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Almost 20,000 participants also had their blood pressures recorded and gave blood samples for cholesterol testing.

The volunteers were tracked until 2009. During that time, researchers recorded 1,066 people with heart disease and 169 deaths from heart disease.

The researchers found that vegetarians had a 32% lower risk of developing heart disease than those who ate fish and meat. They did not differentiate between red and white meat, nor did they track how much meat was eaten.

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

“We didn’t look at the specific components of the vegetarian diet that might contribute to the lower risk of heart disease in this study, but because the vegetarians have lower blood cholesterol, it is probably because they have a lower intake of saturated fat and a higher intake of polyunsaturated fat,” says Francesca Crowe, who led the study.

Crowe says the vegetarians also ate more fruits, vegetables, and fiber, which might have contributed to their lower risk of heart disease.

The researchers say lower blood pressure among the vegetarians is likely to be an important factor.

Additionally, vegetarians typically had a lower body mass index (BMI) and fewer cases of diabetes (although these were not found to significantly affect the results). If the results are adjusted to exclude the effects of BMI, vegetarians are 28% less likely to develop heart disease, the researchers say.

The study appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Every humn being is the author of his own health and disease. BuddhaEvery human being is the author of his/her own health or disease… ~Buddha

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With health, you can do anything. Without health, nothing else matters.

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With health, you can do anything;

Without health, nothing else matters!

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