Key to the Fountain of Youth

Mees, Patricia D.
December 2003
Physician & Sportsmedicine;Dec2003, Vol. 31 Issue 12, p37
Academic Journal
The United Nations, the World Health Organization, and 37 countries have proclaimed 2000-2010 as the Bone and Joint Decade. As the baby boom generation ages, physicians will be seeing more cases of "boomeritis," a term coined by Nicholas DiNubile, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania. As the value of exercise for treating a wide range of conditions in younger patients became known, exercise prescription was extended progressively to include frail elderly patients and those with serious medical conditions, such as stable congestive heart failure, cardiac transplantation, and renal disease requiring dialysis. Patients have little control over their genetics or environmental factors, but the things they can control—diet and exercise—affect their longevity and quality of life.


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