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From America's most trusted source for medical advice—a comprehensive guide to preventing illness and promoting wellness

If you're one of the millions of people who have decided to take more direct control of their health by focusing on illness prevention and self-care, the American Medical Association Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness is the resource you need. This authoritative guide provides valuable information to help you prevent disease and stay healthy throughout your life. It lays out the foundations of good health and shows you the basic steps you can take to reduce your health risks and prevent major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer. You will learn how to avoid these and other common afflictions by making lifestyle changes and understanding what your body needs to stay fit and healthy.

Filled with leading-edge information, this indispensable reference also describes key risk-reducing measures, from eating a healthy diet and being more physically active to reducing stress, getting a good night's sleep, and having all the recommended screening tests. You will find the most effective techniques for avoiding food-borne illnesses, and you'll learn how to minimize specific risks for children, adolescents, women, and men.

Comprehensive in scope, easy to navigate, and filled with clear, helpful information and illustrations, the American Medical Association Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness is the essential health resource for every age and stage of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Nutrition, exercise, health issues, reproductive health and aging are all covered in this informative, no-nonsense guide. Whether anything sets this book apart from many others like it (i.e., the Mayo Clinic guides) is debatable. The information is decidedly up-to-date and well organized. As the title says, the goal of the book is disease prevention and overall wellness rather than a discourse on methods for treating problems once they've occurred. Anyone new to the idea of "wellness" will find this guide a wonderful first course on the subject. Specifically, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and pulmonary issues are covered, as is bone health, digestive health and diabetes. The mind-body connection is fully acknowledged, as is the link between spirituality and well-being. Helpful graphs, charts and illustrations throughout further complement the book's comprehensiveness. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470251300
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/6/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 1,454,182
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than 150 years, the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION has been the leading group of medical experts in the United States and one of the most respected health-related organizations in the world. The AMA continues to work to advance the art and science of medicine and to be an advocate for patients and the voice of physicians in the United States.
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Table of Contents


1. Nutrition, Prevention, and Wellness.

2. Live Younger Longer with Exercise.

3. Weight, Prevention, and Wellness.

4. Stress, Rest, and Relaxation.

5. Reducing Your Health Risks.

6. Health Care Will Keep You Well.


7. Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes.

8. Avoiding Type 2 Diabetes.

9. Preventing Cancer.

10. Preventing Infections.

11. Keeping Your Bones and Joints Healthy.

12. Keeping Your Digestive System Healthy.

13. Keeping Your Urinary Tract Healthy.

14. Controlling Allergies.

15. Keeping Your Lungs Healthy.

16. Heading Off Headaches.

17. Keeping Your Ears, Nose, and Throat Healthy.

18. Keeping Your Eyes Healthy.

19. Reducing Dementia Risks.

20: Keeping Your Mouth, Teeth, and Gums Healthy.


21. Keeping Your Children Healthy.

22: Adolescents and Wellness.

23. Women's Reproductive Health and Wellness.

24. Men's Reproductive Health and Wellness.

25. Preventing Premature Aging.


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