Physically Demanding Work Raises Heart Risk in Unfit Men: Study

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Physically Demanding Work Raises Heart Risk in Unfit Men: Study
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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 10:07am

According to this article on Health Day News:

Physically unfit men who do heavy work may be at increased risk for fatal heart attack, a new study says.

It also found that income did not influence this risk, even though men in lower socioeconomic levels are more likely to have lifestyle risk factors such as obesity and smoking. READ MORE

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Registered: 04-05-2002

My new job is in concierge medicine.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

I was thinking about the "healthy" lifestyle and what it means as healthcare goes. There are the obvious things like cutting out smoking but what about my skiing? People get injured all the time.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

There was a dietician who ate at McD's every day for a month and lost weight.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

That mom's blog is exactly what annoys me - people not taking responsibility for themselves.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

Concierge medicine is, ironically, cost prohibitive--they're taking out doctors/nurses who are in high demand and using them for a few patients so it increases demand in an already burdened system. But, the idea in theory, with preventative medicine is sound, or could be a cost savings.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Joining this late, and what I am going to say might be controversial, but I am going to say it anyway. To reduce the cost of health care for everyone, everyone has to participate all of their lives. If young, healthy people don't pay in when they are young and healthy, then the people paying for insurancevare old and/or unhealthy. Ideally, we would all have access to whatever health care we needed. But 'need' is a very personal thing. Hoe many in vitro treatments does a couple 'need'? Who gets to decide? If we are collectively paying, then is it the couple's choice or the collective group? How much do you pay to keep an elderly person alive? My mother was violently opposed to doctors, and she went from the age of 30 when my brother was born until she was 75 without seeing a Non eye doctor. She was thin and relatively healthy and poor, but had health insurance At 75, she needed cataract surgery and that required a physical and that required she start taking blood pressure medication. At 80, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and chose not to be treated. Even with that, the services provided to her in the last two years of her life cost a half a million dollars...I can't imagine what it would have cost if she had chemotherapy. And she was hospitalized for less than 20 of those days. The rest of the time, she was at home. Would I deny my mother the care she received based on the cost? Well, we could not have paid for it, and if she had realized it, she would have been very upset. But we try to save everyone - tiny babies who will need a lifetime of medical care. Old people who are institutionalized with dementia. If you are the person who loves the person being saved, it's worth the cost. If we look at the medical care each of us has received in the past few years - treatments for injuries, routine tests that found nothing, antibiotics that might or might not have worked...and we all consider ourselves fit and healthy. And I think we are probably all affluent, and buy the foods we want and have the time to prepare healthy meals and to work out. We are the fortunate. We don't decide between heat or healthy food. We work one or less full time jobs. We go to the doctor if we feel sick, and if we don't like what that doctor tells us, we go o another one. We know how to research things on line, and we live in a community of educated people who can help us when we need to make health decisions. For many people, being overweight is just one of the many burdens they carry. A piece of pie or a bag of chips is their main comfort. I agree that it is a sin that healthy food is so much more expensive than crap, but the real shame to me is that those of us who can afford to bypass the crap blame the people who have limited alternatives for what they cost us. When we realize that we are all in this together and those of us who are the 'haves' start fighting a little harder for the 'have nots', then we can think about taxing fattening foods. OK, packing away my soap box now... Happy Thanksgiving everyone - we all have a lot to be thankful for. SJ
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

Well said.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

SJ, I applaud you for speaking out.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

That was a gracious response, fsn.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

Weeeeelll, I DO want to my taxes to go to people who are in need and are accountable for their health (e.g., not taking advantage of the system).