Americans are living longer than ever. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy is 77.6 years, and this figure represents life expectancy at birth . The older you are, the longer you’re likely to live. For Americans who’ve reached 65, for example, life expectancy is 81.6 for men and 84.5 for women.
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The Pritikin Program is all about laying the foundation for a lifetime of good health and disease prevention. You’ll lose weight without feeling hungry, regain your vitality, and feel healthier, stronger. You’ll live better. Now’s your chance.
American industries lose billions every year because of employeesâ€™ illnesses and premature deaths related to heart disease (high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and obesity). The annual medical costs for overweight/obese employees alone are five times that of normal-weight employees.
Here are 10 tips that can help improve your health and whittle down your waistline – and none of them comes in a package emblazoned with the words “trans fat free.”
In the largest study of its kind ever published, researchers concluded that obese children face a significantly higher risk of heart disease as adults.*
YOU KNOW BILL. At 58 years old, a strapping six feet two inches tall and 220 pounds with a full head of silver hair, he was outwardly the picture of power and health. He received great medical care. He jogged and golfed frequently. But just like most Americans, Bill loved food—especially fatty, spicy, salty food. His typical American extra pounds pushed his blood pressure, sugar, and LDL (bad) cholesterol too high and dropped his HDL (good) cholesterol too low. He lived with chronic stress, big time. None of his numbers were awful, but every warning sign was there.
For more than 30 years, the Pritikin Longevity Center® has been honored to count among its Alumni some of the most successful men and women on earth, including Nobel Prize winners, members of the U.S. Congress, authors, Academy-Award winners, philanthropists, and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
There’s much we can do to minimize anger and, in doing so, calm both body and mind. “From a mental health perspective, there may be nothing more important for protecting health and preserving peace of mind,” states behavioral psychologist Coral Arvon, PhD, who teaches healthy mind classes at Pritikin, a health and weight-loss resort in Miami, Florida.
Is the Pritikin Program a quick fix? Yes, asserted medical experts in an editorial on a new study that tracked the remarkable results, after just three weeks, at the Pritikin Longevity Center. Both study and editorial appeared in the May 2006 issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology.
High levels of bad cholesterol such as LDL have for several years been recognized as a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, research indicates that too much cholesterol in our blood could potentially triple the odds of getting Alzheimer’s.
It’s easy to get blown about in the gust of the latest “NEWS FLASH” study. One night on TV news, for instance, you might hear that fish is good for you. The next night, another report might roar that food poisons you. Oy vey! Too often, we feel a great Cloud of Confusion engulfing even the simplest of nutrition questions.