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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

6 Habits

I loved a recent article by Dr. David Katz of Yale. He strongly recommends 6 habits to extend your life and reduce your probability to chronic disease. I've seen this type of list before, but I love how he characterized it:

Feet, forks, fingers, sleep, stress and love.

From the article:

Regular physical activity (feet) is associated with weight control, reduced inflammation, enhanced immune function and reduced cancer risk specifically. Optimal diet (forks) exerts far-ranging effects on every aspect of physiology, and similarly stands to reduce the risk of all chronic disease. Combine eating well and being active with a commitment to never hold a cigarette (fingers), and the risk of all chronic disease declines by roughly 80 percent.
Those are my top three, but the list of health promotion priorities very reasonably extends to three more. The quality and quantity of sleep has profound effects on psychology, immunology and neurology. A linkage to cancer risk is suggested by a rudimentary connection of these dots. Much the same is true of stress, which can contribute to hormonal imbalances and inflammation that propagate cancer -- or can be managed to prevent such effects.
And, finally, there is love. We are, from our earliest origins, social creatures much influenced by our relationships with others. While love may seem a "warm and fuzzy" topic, it is in fact the cold, hard scrutiny of clinical trials demonstrating that those with loving relationships are far less vulnerable to chronic disease and death than those without.

There isn't one thing about the list above that I didn't already know. But it helps to keep reminding myself!!!!


Pam said...

I think we all need these reminders from time to time. Love the short list! :)

Kelly said...

You're right. All quite sensible and certainly things we know, but need to be reminded of!