Navigation Links
Fit Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Exercise: Study
Date:6/3/2011

FRIDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Medical students who are physically fit are more likely to encourage their future patients to exercise, according to a new study.

Researchers found that medical students who had normal cholesterol levels and who met the current U.S. physical activity guidelines often felt strongly that being active themselves would set a better example for the people they were treating.

In analyzing certain markers of physical health -- such as cardiorespiratory fitness -- and attitudes on physical-activity counseling in 577 medical students over the course of five years, the investigators found that 80 percent of students believed physical-activity counseling would be highly relevant in their future clinical practice.

The study authors, led by Dr. Felipe Lobelo, health scientist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pointed out that the students who said exercise counseling was important were in good shape themselves. In fact, they were 1.7 times more likely to exhibit healthy levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and 3.2 times more likely to have normal triglyceride (blood fat) levels than students who didn't believe exercise was as important.

"I'm a strong believer in doctors practicing what they preach, and I think this study illustrates the concept perfectly because it's based on doctors' objective markers of health," Lobelo said in a news release from the American College of Sports Medicine.

"Previous evidence indicates that nearly two-thirds of patients would be more willing to become physically active if their doctors advise it, and these patients find an active, healthy doctor's advice more credible and motivating. It is critical for current and future doctors to understand the public health importance of providing physical activity counseling to every patient," Lobelo concluded.

The findings were scheduled for presentation this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, held in conjunction with the World Congress on Exercise Is Medicine, in Denver. Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on the link between exercise and health.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American College of Sports Medicine, news release, June 2, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Wiser Pregnancy Reveals What Doctors Did In Situations Like Yours
2. Helmets must be part of skiing and snowboarding culture, doctors urge
3. Doctors Have Many Ways to Say No
4. Doctors Working Less, Earning Less
5. Doctors Share Longevity Secrets on CBS Broadcasts
6. Shortage of Black Doctors Rooted in Social, Economic Ills
7. Doctors Practice Medicine in Fear, New Study Finds
8. Doctors Applaud House Vote to Remove Anti-Trust Exemption for Health Insurers
9. Napa State Hospital Doctors Question DMH Judgment
10. Doctors Applaud Latest Furlough Reversal
11. Star of TVs The Doctors Helping Put Smiles on Faces of Needy Children in India
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fit Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Exercise: Study 
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... have until January 15, 2017 to apply for a 2016/2017 California Casualty Thomas ... http://www.calcasathleticsgrant.com . Qualifying schools can receive up to $3,000. , The ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... advisory organization, is proud to announce it has added CXC Solutions (CXC) as ... management solutions. These solutions are tailored to help benefits advisors reduce operating ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... is now offering HIAC particle counting and sizing services for USP 788 and ... instituted the new service as a response to the needs of pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... the launch of a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign ( http://kck.st/2g3a1so ) for the ... active alerts and even taking an EKG from the watch while sharing these ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... Keeping Gift Season Safe, In a ... are safe and age-appropriate for their recipients. This is the idea behind Safe Toys ... safety of items that would make good gifts for children. For companies that produce ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... , Dec. 6, 2016 Eurofins ... accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) ... (CLIA) for its new laboratory in ... moved its North American headquarters. "Our ... sequencing -- which is still considered the ,Gold ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... Miss. , Dec. 6, 2016 Two ... rescue personnel in a simulated mass casualty event Tuesday ... . The technology debuted before an audience including ... and representatives from Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement ... Drone Project, known as HiRO (Health Integrated Rescue Operations), ...
(Date:12/6/2016)...  Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. ("Arcturus" or the "Company"), ... it entered into collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company ... of NASH and other gastrointestinal (GI) related disorders, ... UNA Oligomer chemistry. The financial terms were not ... and expertise in GI disorders, we are confident ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: