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New Studies Offer Evidence that Healthy Habits Can Prevent Disease

Posted on June 11, 2012


ScienceDaily — Five new studies provide evidence to support simple steps people can take to prevent illness and improve their overall health, including a study on the association between tooth scaling and decreased cardiovascular disease.

In the June issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers report on fish consumption to reduce the risk of colon cancer; the effectiveness of hypnotherapy and acupuncture for smoking cessation; regular teeth cleaning to improve cardiovascular health; the effectiveness of primary care physicians in weight loss programs; and the use of low-dose aspirin to reduce cancer risk.

Among the studies cited, one concludes that regular tooth scaling is associated with a decreased risk for future cardiovascular events. The study, by H-B. Leu, MD, of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan, and colleagues examined 10,887 subjects who had undergone tooth scaling, and 10,989 subjects who had not received tooth scaling. During an average follow-up period of 7 years, the group that had undergone tooth scaling had a lower incidence of myocardial infarction, stroke, and total cardiovascular events. Increasing frequency of tooth scaling correlates with a higher risk reduction.

The five studies referenced in the article are:

1. Shengjun Wu, Bin Feng, Kai Li, Xia Zhu, Shuhui Liang, Xufeng Liu, Shuang Han, Biaoluo Wang, Kaichun Wu, Danmin Miao, Jie Liang, Daiming Fan. Fish Consumption and Colorectal Cancer Risk in Humans: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. The American Journal of Medicine, 2012; 125 (6): 551 DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2012.01.022

2. Mehdi Tahiri, Salvatore Mottillo, Lawrence Joseph, Louise Pilote, Mark J. Eisenberg. Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. The American Journal of Medicine, 2012; 125 (6): 576 DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.09.028

3. Zu-Yin Chen, Chia-Hung Chiang, Chin-Chou Huang, Chia-Min Chung, Wan-Leong Chan, Po-Hsun Huang, Shing-Jong Lin, Jaw-Wen Chen, Hsin-Bang Leu. The Association of Tooth Scaling and Decreased Cardiovascular Disease: A Nationwide Population-based Study. The American Journal of Medicine, 2012; 125 (6): 568 DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.10.034

4. William C. Haas, Justin B. Moore, Michael Kaplan, Suzanne Lazorick. Outcomes from a Medical Weight Loss Program: Primary Care Clinics Versus Weight Loss Clinics. The American Journal of Medicine, 2012; 125 (6): 603.e7 DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.07.039

5. Edward J. Mills, Ping Wu, Mark Alberton, Steve Kanters, Angel Lanas, Richard Lester. Low-dose Aspirin and Cancer Mortality: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials. The American Journal of Medicine, 2012; 125 (6): 560 DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2012.01.017

Source: Elsevier (2012, June 4). Healthy habits can prevent disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 11, 2012, from