Doctors Likely to Preach What They Practice03/14/12
WEDNESDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors with good health
habits are more likely to advise patients to make healthy changes
to their lifestyle, a new study finds.
Researchers surveyed 1,000 U.S. doctors about their lifestyles
and whether they recommend national guideline lifestyle
modifications -- such as eating a healthy diet, limiting sodium
intake, limiting alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy weight
and exercising -- to patients with high blood pressure.
The study authors, led by Dr. Olivia Hung of Emory University
School of Medicine in Atlanta and the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, found that 4 percent of the doctors smoked
at least once a week, nearly 39 percent ate the recommended five or
more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and about 27 percent
exercised five or more days a week.
Sixty-six percent of the doctors made all five lifestyle
recommendations to patients with high blood pressure. Doctors who
didn't smoke and who exercised at least once a week were about
twice as likely to recommend the five healthy habits to their
patients, the investigators found.
The study was slated for presentation Wednesday at an American
Heart Association meeting in San Diego.
Research and data presented at medical meetings should be
considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical
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