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, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 91–100 | Cite as

Comprehensive lifestyle interventions in the community: A preliminary analysis

  • Gary Null
  • Martin Feldman
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Abstract

In a 6-month prospective study designed to retard the aging process, we examined the effects of comprehensive lifestyle modifications in 52 participants aged 31 to 78 years, who were free of clinically overt disease. The group adhered to a low-fat vegetarian diet supplemented with antioxidant nutrients, engaged in regular aerobic exercise (power-walking or jogging), and received motivational support. Statistical analysis of objective data shows a trend of optimization of weight and lipid values. Overall, the group lost an average of 2.95 kg, or 4.4% of starting weight; total cholesterol (TC) decreased 7.7%; LDL-C, 12%; and TC/HDL-C ratio, 9%. Analysis by age and gender shows no significant differences in trends. When grouped by objective parameter, maximal effect is found in those with greatest deviation from a normal value at baseline. Subjective assessments showed significant improvement in energy levels and physiological functioning. Although more well-defined studies are needed, we conclude that lifestyle modifications can optimize health status and level of physiologic functioning, and may be instituted by adults of all age groups with prior medical approval.

Keywords

Aging Process Aerobic Exercise Objective Data Lifestyle Intervention Subjective Assessment 
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© American Aging Association, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary Null
    • 1
  • Martin Feldman
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Postgraduate and Continuing EducationNew York College of ChiropracticUSA
  2. 2.New York

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