Harvard Medical School physicians practice what they preach, according to a report in the October Harvard Health Letter. As part of the publication's 30th anniversary, a survey was conducted of Harvard Medical School faculty physicians, and it was found that they follow their own advice for diet, exercise, smoking and having medical screening tests performed.
Of the 2,115 physicians responding to the survey, 82% said they eat breakfast regularly. High adherence to a diet of fruits and vegetables, choosing olive oil over less healthy fats and low consumption of fast food was reported. More than 50% claimed to exercise at least three times a week.
Fewer than 2% of the respondents said they were smokers, although just over 24% reported that they had smoked in the past.
In terms of screening, 75% of those ages 50 and over said they'd had a colonoscopy; 66% of women ages 40 and over said they get a mammogram every year; and 84% of the male faculty ages 50 and over said they had been tested for prostate cancer.