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San Francisco: The Healthiest City in America

Posted by Alex Gault on January 10, 2006

San Francisco is the healthiest city in America, according to Men’s Health magazine.

The city scored big-time grades in prostate cancer (4th), diabetes (9th) and heart disease (15th). Only San Jose had more people hitting the gym. Although San Franciscans drink more red wine than citizens of any other city, they eat the least sugar.

San Francisco’s low cancer rates can be explained by the widespread use of screening diagnostics which detect early signs of cancer. “A lot of people here, especially young people, are well informed about health issues. That makes them more likely to get screened early,” says Maxwell Meng, a urologist at the UCSF.

San Francisco is a world leader in food variety, says Eliseo Perez-Stable, a professor of medicine at UCSF. The city is home to more than 20 vegetarian restaurants and 30-plus health-food stores. It has a dozen year-round farmer’s markets selling organic produce.

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