Getting a pet and feeling that bond is just one of the 8 commandments Dr. Edward Creagan, a Mayo Clinic cancer specialist, outlines for living long and living well.
In his search to discover which lifestyle practices keep patients out of his exam room, he's discovered the Fountain of Youth, but it's not in Florida.
"The Fountain of Youth is not rocket science, it's more complicated than that," Dr. Creagan says. "It's on the sidewalks and bikeways of our country. It consists of physical activity, trying to maintain an ideal body weight, having positive and nurturing relationships, challenges to your sense of inner being, and a sense of humor. You need someone to love (even a pet), something to get you up in the morning, in other words, something to do that gives your life meaning, and something to look forward to."
Seems simple enough, but most Americans don't follow any of his 8 commandments - and should:
The formula is found in more detail in Dr. Creagan's book, How NOT to Be My Patient: A Physician's Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis (HCI Books), available at bookstores or www.HowNotToBeMyPatient.com.
(Source: Health eHeadlines)