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Researchers note healthy habits that could prevent illness

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 4, 2012 8:41:15 AM

As people age, there's a higher risk of developing a life-threatening illness. While companion care aids can help older patients with their health needs, there are some healthy habits seniors can take up to help protect themselves against various diseases.

New research published in the Journal of American Medicine reveals a number of steps people can take as they age to not only improve their overall health, but potentially stave off illness as well. The study's authors report fish consumption can reduce the risk of colon cancer, regular teeth cleaning could improve cardiovascular health, how a low dose of aspirin can lead to a lower cancer risk and a primary care physician's ability to help a patient with weight loss.

The researchers note that colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world. While the study's authors have been unable to link fish consumption to preventing the disease directly, they noted that people who live in countries with a high rate of fish consumption were known to have a lower risk of getting the disease. The report said that the benefits of fish consumption were more prevalent in rectal cancer rather than colon, with a 21 percent risk reduction compared to 4 percent.

Researchers pointed to a study out of Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan, which looked at subjects who had undergone tooth scaling and those who did not. The study's authors noted the group who underwent tooth scaling had a lower incidence of cardiovascular events.

The study also highlighted research from East Carolina University, where it was noted that primary care physicians were as effective as a weight loss center in helping patients drop some pounds.

Finally, the study points to Dr. Edward J. Mills' research, which offered conclusive findings that low-dose aspirin offers cancer preventative effects.

These are not the only findings on staying healthy longer in life. WebMD reports doing things such as eating a low-salt, low-fat diet with plenty of fruits can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and stroke in elderly care. Family members may want to speak with their older loved one's private care attendant about making sure the senior is taking the proper preventative measures to stave off diseases.

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