When doctors start using mindfulness to improve their own quality of life, both doctors and patients benefit. Primary care physicians face high levels of professional and personal stress that can lead to burnout, in the form of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization of patients and a low sense of accomplishment.
As the many benefits of health and fitness programs continue to emerge, greater numbers of doctors suggest that patients increase physical activity for health improvements. Unfortunately, a recent study of doctors’ health habits might prove their advice to be more along the lines of “do as I say, not as I do.”
Need a list of reasons to help keep your “resolution” clients from dropping off the
fitness bandwagon? Here’s a list of medically based reasons to keep an exercise
program in full swing, courtesy of The Methodist Hospital in Houston:
1. Exercise helps keep arteries flexible and malleable for heart disease and heart
2. Weight reduction can reduce blood pressure, glucose, triglycerides and total
cholesterol—all contributors to heart disease.
The American Medical Association (AMA) is trying to rid the country of harmful trans fats, one restaurant at a time. Toward that end, the AMA recently issued a position statement that supports a ban on artificial trans fats in restaurants and bakeries nationwide. The group is in favor of legislation that would ban trans fats so that Americans could lower their risk of developing the nation’s number-one killer, heart disease.
A growing body of research suggests that there is a potent way to fight symptoms of depression that doesn’t involve getting a prescription: Hope. Researchers are finding that hope is consistently associated with fewer symptoms of depression. And the good news is that hope is something that can be taught.
Eating well used to be as easy as counting from 1 to 3:
Until recently, most families followed the traditional pattern of eating three
square meals a day. But now, more and more harried adults and children are
opting for a much more irregular pattern of meal and snack consumption. Some
of that irregularity can certainly be attributed to our hectic lifestyles. ...
Tai chi exercises can improve the control of type 2 diabetes, suggests a small study, published ahead of print in theBritish Journal of Sports Medicine. The research team assessed the impact of a 12-week tai chi program on the T helper cell activity of 30 patients with type 2 diabetes and 30 healthy people of the same age.
members of the medical community acknowledge that the mind-body-spirit
connection plays a role in health care, but they have yet to reach consensus on
how to treat this topic within the context of medical education. More and more
medical schools address spirituality in their course curricula, yet course
content lacks consistency, both abroad and at home.