Sunday, January 15, 2006

premature death reduction

The risks of premature death from chronic diseases can be reduced by abstaining from cigarette smoking, avoiding alcohol abuse, exercising regularly, avoiding or correcting serious obesity, and scrupulously following physicians' instructions for treatment of existing chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. Accidental death can be reduced by never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, always using safety belts, and paying attention to safety precautions in all activities. These safety precautions include everything from installing smoke alarms in the home to following water safety rules to reading the directions before using any potentially dangerous product.
Meister, K. "The 80's Search For the Fountain of Youth Comes Up Very Dry," in Aging, Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 76. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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