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Note on Lifestyle

Fitness trumps fatness

In one of his earliest diabetes manuals, Elliott Joslin (who founded the Joslin Diabetes Center in 1898) said that “It is better to discuss how far you have walked than how little you have eaten”. This report shows just that, as aerobic fitness greatly impacts cardiovascular risk, irrespective of BMI or waist circumference. Although this study included only well-educated white males, there were over 30,000 men followed for an average of 15 years, over which time 1,399 deaths occurred.

See abstract here and go here for A Centennial Portrait of Dr. Joslin.

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