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The Checkup Archive: life expectancy

Weight loss's link to better health questioned

We as a nation have put a lot of stock into the notion that being (or becoming) slender equates to better health and longer lives. But a body evidence calls into question whether that connection -- or, conversely, the connection between overweight and poor health -- is all that strong, and even whether it exists at all.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Diabetes, Eating disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Psychology, Weight loss, Women's Health, life expectancy, osteoporosis  
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Study links diet to longevity, but with confusing findings

According to press materials announcing a new study's publication in the January 2011 edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers found that among 2,500 adults ages 70 to 79, those who maintained a diet deemed "healthy" were less likely to die and more likely to enjoy good health during the 10-year period examined.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Aging, Dietary Guidelines, General Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Prevention, life expectancy  
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Life expectancy drops in U.S.

Image via Wikipedia/Life Expectancy 2007 UN HDR & CIA Factbook Life expectancy in the United States dipped slightly in 2008, according to the latest federal data. Those born in 2008 can only expect to live to be 77.8 years old, down from 77.9 years for those born in 2007, according...

By Rob Stein  | December 9, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Asthma, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Infant health, life expectancy  
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