Richard G. Petty, MD

Add Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years: The Power of Small Changes.

I want to tell you about a mind bogglingly important study that many professionals have known about, but somehow hasn’t popped up on most people’s radar. The story  was broken by the BBC last month. It is about an exceptionally important study that has been running in Norfolk, in Eastern England, as well as other parts of Europe since 1992. The British section is directed by Professor Kay-Tee Khaw who is Professor of Clinical Gerontology at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. The main focus of the Clinical Gerontology Unit is the maintenance of health in aging populations, with a particular emphasis on the combined role of lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors in chronic diseases.

The UK arm of the study has been following 25,663 men and women aged between 45 and 79 years old, looking at their diet, environment, lifestyle and health. The latest results from the study have confirmed several things that we already suspected: 1. Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can give you the life expectancy of someone three years younger.
2. Not smoking turns back the clock by four to five years.
3. Even increasing exercise by a moderate amount can increase your life expectancy by three years. But the amount of exercise someone would need to do to achieve that depends on their job. A sedentary office worker would need to do one hour of exercise, such as swimming or jogging every day. By contrast, a person with a moderately active job, such as a hairdresser, would need to take 30 minutes of exercise a day. Here’s some more good news: People with very active jobs, including nurses and bricklayers, do not need to do any extra exercise – as their work is strenuous enough.

I think that just about anyone can take those baby steps toward a longer and healthier life

There’s an old Yugoslavian Proverb:
“Grain by grain a loaf, stone by stone, a castle.”

That seems about right!

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About Richard G. Petty, MD
Dr. Richard G. Petty, MD is a world-renowned authority on the brain, and his revolutionary work on human energy systems has been acclaimed around the globe. He is also an accredited specialist in internal and metabolic medicine, endocrinology, psychiatry, acupuncture and homeopathy. He has been an innovator and leader of the human potential movement for over thirty years and is also an active researcher, teacher, writer, professional speaker and broadcaster. He is the author of five books, including the groundbreaking and best selling CD series Healing, Meaning and Purpose. He has taught in over 45 countries and 48 states in the last ten years, but spends as much time as possible on his horse farm in Georgia.

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