Heart-healthy Lifestyle Reduces Cancer RIsk by Half

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Adherence to the seven ideal health metrics…is associated not only with lower cardiovascular disease incidence and total mortality but also with lower cancer incidences.

Here they are:

1. Be physically active

2. Keep a at weight

3. Maintain healthy cholesterol levels

4. Keep blood pressure low

5. Eat healthy

6. Regulate blood sugar levels

7. Don’t smoke.

Researchers looked at over 13,000 participants in the ongoing Atherosclerotic Risk in Communities study, which was launched in 4 US communities in 1987. Those who accomplished 6 or 7 of the above goals reduced their risk of cancer by 51% compared to those who met none of the goals. If you meet 4 goals, you risk goes down by a third, and 1-2 goals drops risk by about a fifth. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.

Reference: Rasmussen-Torvik LJ. Circulation 2013;doi:10.1161/circulationaha.112.001183.

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