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The Importance of Prevention!

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Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article finally gets it so right!   For years I have read study after study negating the effect  of diet and nutrition creating confusion about the role of diet in disease.  For example, just recently,  a headline reported that fish oil does not prevent cardiac events, but the problem was that they only studied people with established heart disease.  There are really no legitimate claims that foods can cure, but prevention is where diet becomes important.  Check my previous post on diabetes prevention here.  And now we hear that funding for prevention programs are being further cut.  In my opinion, prevention, especially early in life should be more emphasized as part of our food culture and encouraged by physicians and all health care providers.  By teaching a few simple lifestyle changes, we may be able to stem the rise of obesity and the resulting health care costs.

If people are constantly falling off a cliff, you could place ambulances under the cliff or build a fence on the top of the cliff. We are placing all too many ambulances under the cliff.

— Denis Burkitt


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