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Health Promotion

  • Richard Kent Zimmerman

Abstract

There are 524,000 excess deaths annually due to nine chronic diseases for which risk factors such as smoking could be modified.1 Five risk factors account for 90% of the potential benefit (in descending order): smoking, obesity, lack of regular exercise, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension (Fig. 8.1). If the benefits from risk reduction from smoking, cholesterol, obesity, sedentary life style, and heavy alcohol consumption are calculated, life expectancy at birth in the United States would increase by 3.85 years.1 Thus healthy life styles can result in significant gains in longevity.

Keywords

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Environmental Tobacco Smoke Nicotine Patch Cardiac Risk Factor Recent Myocardial Infarction 
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