Wellness Checklist: Healthy Diet, Exercise, Dietary Supplements

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Ever wonder if your doctor personally follows the health advice that he or she prescribes to you? According to the recent "Life ... supplemented" Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study, the majority of physicians do engage in very healthy behaviors, with three of the top shared healthy behaviors being: trying to eat a balanced diet (82 percent), exercising regularly (73 percent) and taking vitamins and other supplements (72 percent).

Nurses tend to follow a similar wellness checklist, with 87 percent of nurses saying they try to eat a balanced diet and 89 percent taking supplements. But nurses seem to exercise slightly less than doctors, with only 67 percent saying they exercise regularly. The dichotomy doesn't end there -- nurses are also more likely to seek out advice from other healthcare professionals (81 percent say they visit their own healthcare professional regularly), while only 48 percent of doctors say that they visit a healthcare professional regularly.

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"It's encouraging that for the most part, doctors and nurses practice the healthy behaviors that they preach, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising and taking supplements," said Donnica Moore, M.D., president of the Sapphire Women's Health Group and a consultant to the "Life...supplemented" consumer wellness campaign. There is also interesting news when it comes to sleep and the thirst for caffeine. Despite their often long hours, nearly two-thirds of physicians and nurses say they regularly get a good night's sleep (62 percent of physicians and 65 percent of nurses), and only 28 percent of physicians and 33 percent of nurses admit to consuming large quantities of caffeine.

Additionally, the overwhelming majority of physicians and nurses abstain from smoking (90 percent and 86 percent, respectively) and only 4 percent of physicians and 3 percent of nurses say they often consume large quantities of alcohol. Most doctors and nurses (72 percent and 68 percent, respectively) claim they maintain a healthy weight. The study also reported that 40 percent of physicians and 32 percent of nurses do not take any prescription medications.

"It appears from this survey that the majority of healthcare professionals are focusing on staying healthy and are trying to do the types of things we all need to do before we get to the point where we need treatment. That's a good lesson for consumers," said Dr. Moore.

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