Baby boomers know what’s important for their health. And theyknow just as well that they aren’t doing enough to stay healthy.

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A survey of more than 1,000 baby boomers commissioned by MDVIP,a personalized health care service, and conducted by Ipsos PublicAffairs found that while 94 percent believe that preventativehealth care is important, three-quarters concede that they shouldbe doing more to manage their health.

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Specifically, 46 percent of boomers don’t exercise regularly.Just over a third say they don’t have healthy diets and 37 percentsay they get less than seven to eight hours ofsleep each night.

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“The survey findings show that boomers have a greater healthconsciousness than previous generations, but also expose thediscrepancies between what boomers know they should be doing tostay healthy versus the reality,” said Dr. Bernard Kaminetsky,medical director for MDVIP.

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As they age (the youngest boomers are 50), why aren’t theytaking more steps to stay healthy? Although nearly three-quarterssuffer from a chronic condition, 43 percent saidthat it would take a life-threatening health crisis for them toreform their lifestyle. In addition, 14 percent said that seeing afriend or family member struck down by a health crisis could drivethem to adopt healthier habits.

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“A health scare or serious illness is frequently the firstwake-up call for people, but many chronic conditions plaguingboomers today — from diabetes to cardiovascular disease — are oftenpreventable,” said Kaminetsky.

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According to the report, the 75 million boomers are expected tolive longer than their parents but to do so while suffering fromhigher rates of chronic illnesses.

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But preventing chronic diseases comes through effective primarycare, which many boomers likely avoid due to the frustrations theyvoice about going to the doctor’s office. Significant minorities ofrespondents said they were annoyed by long waits and the challengesof getting test results.Perhaps most damning, however: Only aquarter of those surveyed said that their experience with theirphysician felt like talking to atrusted advisor.

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