The American Medical Association newsletter reported this week that just 15 minutes of exercise daily helps increase life expectancy.
This was based on a study in the medical journal Lancet who evaluated 400,000 people and found that 15 minutes of exercise a day increases life expectancy three years. A study from the National Health Research Institute in Taiwan that evalulated 416,000 adults also found that those who exercised 15 min a day cut their risk of death by 14% compared with those who did not exercise.
Of course, fuller and longer workouts are more beneficial. The Taiwan study also found that each 15 min of exercise reduced the risk of death by an additional 4% – those who exercised the most vigorously had a death reduction as high as 40% compared to those who don’t exercise. So for those of you are who committed work out enthusiasts – your time and efforts pay off.
What do these studies tell us? Even you are very busy, it is worth it still to get some gym time in every day. Everyone has at least 15 min to do some exercise so there’s no excuse! Exercise more and live longer!
Dr. Cat Begovic M.D.
The article is entitled “Liposuction: A temporary fix?” In it, I give my critique on a recent article in Obesity magazine online that claimed that fat moves from the thighs to the abdomen after liposuction, and that fat comes back after liposuction. It addresses many issues concerning diet and exercise and what liposuction can and cannot accomplish.
For those of you who have read my blogs on liposuction – you will know the answers to these questions. For those of you who don’t and are curious – I recommend you get the magazine and read the article!
Dr. Cat Begovic M.D.
I had the privilege of volunteering at Maria Shriver’s Modern House Call as part of her 2010 Women’s conference this Saturday and Sunday. It was truly a pleasure working with all the other volunteers who shared my passion for helping women with their health care needs. The majority of the women I saw in the health care clinic hadn’t seen a doctor for years and were completely removed from any health care system. Most of them had no insurance and told me that they didn’t know where to go to see a physician.
I took care of a woman who was in her early 50’s who had a very strong family history of breast cancer. Her maternal aunt and sister both had breastcancer. She had not had a mammogram in over ten years! Being a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and taking care of many breast cancer patients, I am especially passionate about early breast cancer detection. To have participated in the emotional and physical struggle of women undergoing surgery and treatment for this disease, I continually stress to women the importance of getting an annual mammogram and physical exam, as well as performing self breast exams. The fact that there was an on-site mammography station at the Modern House Call was truly a blessing for these patients. The women who attended the Modern House Call were able to get screening mammography immediately.
I truly believe that myself and the other volunteers were able to make a difference in the lives of many women who had no access to even the most basic health care. I was glad to be able to assist in providing basic health care screening that most of us take for granted. I feel blessed to have participated in this event and thank all the people who donated resources and time to help women who are truly in need.
I’ve attached a link to a video clip of me on the Woman’s Conference Website. http://www.womensconference.org/the-modern-house-call/
Dr. Catherine Huang Begovic