Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Some docs and nurses ignore health advice

Na Bare, writing on TribLive, says a Mayo report revealed that while the incidence of obesity, heart disease and diabetes is lower in medical professionals, it is still common and rises along with the rest of the population.

Dr Anupam Jena a health policy researcher at Harvard, was quoted as saying the same societal and environmental factors that affect the rest of us affect them, too.

The researchers looked at nationwide surveys between 2002 and 2013 asking respondents about their profession and health. Three percent of the 150,000 were health professionals--doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, pharmacists, and physician assistants.

They were less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise that people in other jobs--but also more likely to report moderate to heavy alcohol consumption.

Of course, the behaviors were self-reported. And some health jobs might encourage better choices--they were all lumped together.

But, the researchers concluded, these people were role models and still, though, were human. "Healthy choices are not easy to come by," Jena said.

Maybe it's me, but I trust a chubby doctor more--at least he or she knows the struggle and won't automatically indict weight as the cause of every complaint you have. They might look beyond.

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