Sunday, January 15, 2006

longevity, rules of

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, led by Dr. Lester Breslow, found that the healthiest people followed seven habits:
1. Never smoke cigarettes
2. Get regular physical activity
3. Use alcohol moderately or never
4. Sleep seven or eight hours each night
5. Maintain proper weight
6. Eat breakfast
7. Avoid eating between meals
Other physicians add to this basic list. Dr. Edward W. Campion, head of geriatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, advises, " Avoid undue amounts of emotional stress, control blood pressure, and use reasonable caution in automobiles." Hobbies and good reading habits may help. But Dr. Richard W. Besdine of Harvard maintains, "Work is best. It doesn't have to be the same work you did all your life. But it has to be something that keeps your mind busy and makes you feel useful."
Haney, D. Q. "Altering Habits Can Lengthen Life," in Aging. Goldstein, E. C. ed. Vol. 2, Art 11. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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