Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Can we extend our lifespan?

One of the things that students often hope to get from A&P class is some information on how they can live healthier and live longer.

Well . . . except that smokers and heavy drinkers often do not want to hear about the hazards of their addictions and most of us don't want to hear about how our favorite food could be bad for us if not consumed in moderation.

A brief article in the journal PLoS Medicine showed that four pretty easy lifestyle choices combine to extend a person by about 14 years!

And find out (one) answer to the question "does vitamin C really help?"

Check out this brief article for a bit of info that could spark a great classroom discussion!

Combined Impact of Health Behaviours and Mortality in Men and Women: The EPIC-Norfolk Prospective Population Study
Khaw KT, Wareham N, Bingham S, Welch A, Luben R, et al.
PLoS Medicine Vol. 5, No. 1, e12 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050012

And now for something completely different . . . look what vitamin C did to animate this orange!

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