The JAMA Internal Medicine magazine reports on a study analysing the Association Between Apple Consumption and Physician Visits.
Let me quote the juicy parts in a crisp summary:
Of 8399 eligible study participants […], we identified 753 adult apple eaters (9.0%) […]. Compared with the 7646 non–apple eaters (91.0%), apple eaters had higher educational attainment, were more likely to be from a racial or ethnic minority, and were less likely to smoke […]. Apple eaters were more likely, in the crude analysis, to keep the doctor (and prescription medications) away: 39.0% of apple eaters avoided physician visits vs 33.9% of non–apple eaters (P = .03). After adjusting for sociodemographic and health-related characteristics, however, the association was no longer statistically significant […]. There were no differences seen in overnight hospital stay or mental health visits.
[…] Evidence does not support that an apple a day keeps the doctor away; however, the small fraction of US adults who eat an apple a day do appear to use fewer prescription medications.
You’ll be glad to hear that we planted a diversity of apples, pears, plums, damsons, greengages, cherries and other fruit and nut trees, and you’re all welcome to join us in West London’s finest fresh air for some physical work in the orchard from time to time.
Surely that will keep the doctor away!
Our next event is Mulching Day on 18-Apr-2015.