Happy Birthday Baby Boomers??? - Health and Fitness Facts Every Baby Boomer Needs to Know -

May 27, 1998, 01:00 ET from LifeScan, Inc.

    MILPITAS, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Baby boomers are turning 50 in
 record numbers... for the next 18 years, a baby boomer will enter his/her 50s
 every eight seconds.
     Already, almost 5 million baby boomers are estimated to have diabetes, a
 chronic disease that can cause devastating complications if not controlled.
 And, with the new American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines, which lower
 the threshold for diagnosing the disease and call for regular screening of all
 people age 45 and older, the number is expected to increase by 2 million
     LifeScan, a division of Johnson & Johnson, just introduced the
 FastTake(TM) Compact Blood Glucose Monitoring System, for baby boomers with
 diabetes, as well as all people with the disease who are active, on-the-go and
 health-minded.  Frequent self-monitoring of blood glucose levels is the key to
 managing diet, medication and exercise regimens.
     LifeScan provides these facts to help baby boomers with diabetes put this
 milestone in perspective:
                             FASTTAKE FITNESS FACTS
     -- People between the ages of 35-49 have a diet containing 38% fat -- much
        more than the desired level.
     -- Nearly 3 out of 4 baby boomers' restaurant meals are purchased at a
        fast food restaurant.  Compared to the rest of the population, baby
        boomers are less likely to read food labels and to diet than any other
     -- After age 40 bone loss exceeds formation and men and women can lose
        1% of their bone mass each year.
     -- After age 30 our strength declines 1% per year, with muscle tissue
        deteriorating at 3% to 6% per decade.  By age 65, many people will have
        lost as much as 45% of their strength, making daily activities such as
        climbing stairs and carrying groceries difficult.
     -- Osteoporosis affects as many as 15-20 million individuals in the U.S.
        and accounts for more than 1.3 million fractures in people over the age
        of 45.
     -- Lack of exercise is a major risk factor of heart disease.  Other key
        risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
     -- The number of frequent exercisers in the 34-55 age group has increased
        more than 60% since 1987.  People 35 and older comprise 56% of all
        frequent exercisers and 45% of all health club members.
     -- All people with diabetes (almost 5 million of whom are baby boomers)
        benefit from strength (resistance) training, in addition to
        cardiovascular workouts such as walking and aerobics.
     LifeScan is the country's leading maker of blood glucose monitoring
 systems that provide simple solutions to meet the needs of people with
 diabetes.  Every day more than two million people with diabetes rely on
 LifeScan systems for simple testing and accurate results.
     LifeScan can be found at http://www.LifeScan.com, on the World Wide Web.

SOURCE LifeScan, Inc.