Doctors practicing healthy lifestyles more likely to preach it to patients

American Heart Association Meeting Report - Abstract P136 - Embargoed until 1 pm PT/4 pm ET

March 14, 2012 Categories: Heart News, Scientific Conferences & Meetings
SAN DIEGO, March 14, 2012—Physicians who have more healthy habits are more likely than doctors without such habits to recommend five important lifestyle modifications to patients, including eating healthy, limiting sodium, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and being more physically active.
In a survey of 1,000 physicians about their lifestyles and whether they recommend national guideline lifestyle modifications to patients with high blood pressure, researchers found:
  • Four percent smoked at least once a week.
  • Almost 39 percent ate the recommended five or more cups of fruits and vegetables a week.
  • About 27 percent exercised five or more days a week.
  • About 66 percent made all five lifestyle recommendations to patients.
  • Doctors who exercised at least once a week or didn’t smoke were about twice as likely to recommend the five interventions.
The study’s lead author is Olivia Y. Hung, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Co-authors are Nora L. Keenan, Ph.D. and Jing Fang, M.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.
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NR12-1043 (Epi/NPAM 2012/Hung)
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