The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) makes multiple recommendations regarding nutrition, exercise and sleep which are in turn transmitted by doctors to patients. It recommends that adults should eat at least 1.5 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. In addition, it also recommends that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity or at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity throughout the week. There are also recommendations regarding adequate sleep, sodium intake and carbonated beverages.
A survey was conducted among physicians regarding their nutrition, sleep and exercise with physicians being asked to rank questions on a scale of 1 to 5 with one being not at all and 5 being all the time. For statistics, comparison was made with answers 3 or below with 4 and 5.
Results : Only 50% of the physicians were eating at least 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. Regarding exercise 100% of the physicians were doing the recommended guidelines of CDC for exercise. Only 25% of the physicians were sleeping more than 7 hours a day on a regular basis. None of the physicians were consuming carbonated or sweetened beverages and only 50% of the physicians were meeting the CDC guidelines of consuming less than 2300 milligrams of sodium per day.
Discussion : Physicians were able to exercise and meet the CDC guidelines for exercise. However, they were not able to ensure they sleep adequately and get the recommended fruit and vegetable intake as recommended by CDC.
Conclusion : Physicians were very cognizant and despite their busy lifestyles do take out time for exercise. In addition, physicians tend not to consume carbonated or sweetened beverages. However, they did not stick to the recommended guidelines regarding fruit and vegetable intake as well as sodium intake as well as the recommended hours for sleep per day.