How To Live Longer and other fun tips

by DavalosMcCormack on March 12, 2008

So, a woman goes in to see the doctor and he says I have some bad news for you. {ok, this bit is a joke but there is a point to it} “you have a terminal disease and have only six months to live.” The woman is shocked and says “Oh no, what should I do”. The doctor says “I would recommend you marry a tax attorney”. The woman says “Will that help the disease?” and the doctor says “No, but those six months will seem like a lifetime”.

So, the basic point is most of us will consider doing anything to live longer. Now a new study says one way to increase your odds of doing just that is to be better educated.

The study, in the journal Health Affairs, found that while life expectancy in general has been going up for educated people over the last 20 years, the same is not true for people whose education did not extend past high school. And this finding applied regardless of race.

Much of the gap in mortality can be attributed to deaths from smoking. The more educated you are the less likely you are to smoke. Other reasons may be due to better educated people having a better idea what they need to do to stay healthy, and having more access to the resources they need to do that (gyms, healthy neighborhoods, stores that sell fresh fruits and veg, parks and open spaces etc). It may also be due to having a better job that pays for health care, so you get the medical help you need to stay healthier longer, and when you do get sick you have access to physicians and hospitals.

One more reason to encourage people to go to college.

Sex and your Knees

Women with knee pain are less likely than men with the same level of pain to be recommended for total knee replacement surgery. And the reason why may be an unconscious bias among physicians.

Provocative stuff eh! The study, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, used two standardized “mystery” patients – one man and one woman – both of whom had osteoarthritis in their knees. Both complained of the same symptoms, and both visited and got assessments from 67 physicians.

The researchers found that the physicians were twice as likely to recommend full knee replacement surgery for the men as for the women.

Now, this happened in Canada and maybe doctors here are not victims of their own unconscious gender bias. And then again……

So, what this means is we really need to educate our doctors to be more aware that they are susceptible to social stereotyping. And to alert women to the fact that the treatment they are getting has less to do with the fact that they have bum knees and more to do with the fact that they have ovaries.

Hit ‘Em Where It Hurts

Here’s an interesting approach to weight loss for men. Tell them if they don’t drop some weight they won’t be able to get an erection. That will certainly get their attention!

Professor Gary Wittert is an expert on obesity and Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He says men’s pride in their own sexual performance might be useful in helping them battle weight problems.

He say that men are more worried by the idea of erection problems than they are by the idea of heart disease, so maybe getting obese men to make lifestyle choices based on their fear of the former can also help them reduce their risk of the latter.

It’s worth a shot.

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