Is Your Doctor Healthier Than You? – The Atlantic

A good piece with lots of graphs, comparing the health of doctors to the general population (US). While doctors are better at avoiding risky behaviour (smoking, alcohol, obesity-related chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease) than most of us. On the other hand, they suffer more from high blood pressure, cholesterol, depression. Exercise rates and eating fruit and vegetables is slightly below the general population, itself below recommended levels.

Not surprisingly, causes of death for doctors reflect these behaviours; compared to the general population, slightly lower death rates for heart disease and cancer, with the main outlier for higher death rates being suicide.

Is Your Doctor Healthier Than You? – Brian Fung – The Atlantic.

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