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Eat right. Exercise. Don’t Smoke. Control your body fat. These are the basics of living a healthy life, advice given by doctors to patients for ages. And with good reason. Following these basic principles of healthy living has been proven to reduce your risk for a number of health issues including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings took a look at how Americans are doing in these areas. Consider the following results.

What Percentage of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle?

The study was based on data from a sample of 4,745 people who participated in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Survey. Researchers found the following from the adults in the study:

  1. 71.5% did not smoke
  2. 46.5% got sufficient exercise
  3. 37.9% ate a healthy diet
  4. 9.6% had a healthy body-fat percentage

13% exercised, ate well, and did not smoke. Of the adults who participated in the survey, only 2.7% met all 4 qualifications for healthy living. Based on their results, less than 3% of Americans live a healthy lifestyle. Wow. How are you doing?

Your Lifestyle and Your Health

Genetics can play a role in your chances of getting certain diseases and illnesses. However, your lifestyle is also a determining factor. A proper diet, moderate exercise, and sufficient sleep go a long way for your health. Using tobacco products will take away years and quality of life, and increase your risk for heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for many serious diseases and health conditions including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, and stroke. Which of these 4 qualifications do you struggle with? Work with your physician to develop a lifestyle plan that’s right for you. Many family physicians offer a weight loss program and will also help you quit smoking.

Prevention Starts With You

This study reveals a vast majority of Americans aren’t living a healthy lifestyle. As staggering as the numbers are, this doesn’t have to be you. Prevention is always better than treatment, and prevention starts with how you live. Live well. Choose health. Choose life. If you do not have a primary care physician, Conroe Willis Family Medicine would love to assist you in your journey to a healthy lifestyle. For more information on healthy living or to make an appointment, Contact Us.

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