Friday, August 28, 2009

The Key To Health Care Reform: Take Care Of Yourself

Scientists are reporting a breakthrough therapy to lower the risk of developing the most common and deadly chronic diseases by about 80 percent.

The therapy is called taking care of yourself: not smoking, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

Obesity is costing the American healthcare system more than $100 million annually. Diabetes costs nearly $150 billion, cancer care costs more than $200 billion, and heart disease costs more than $300 billion annually.

The key to affordable healthcare is disease prevention, not treatment.


Live Science August 11, 2009

Archives of Internal Medicine August 10/24 2009; 169(15):1355-1362 [Free Full-Text Article]

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