Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Heart health lowers your risk of cancer

The basic conclusion of a recent study on risk factors for cancer shouldn’t surprise anyone who has paid any attention to any of the health items I keep blogging at you: healthy living lowers the risk of cancer.

What may surprise, though, is just how much lower that risk is.

And how few people meet all the goals.

So, a study published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that people who follow at least 6 of the 7 “healthy heart” guidelines endorsed by the American Heart Association reduce their risk of cancer by a whopping 51 %.

But the interesting thing is that even those who follow only a few of the guidelines still lower their risk of cancer, albeit less than that 51 %.

So what are those guidelines? Same-old, same-old

Not smoking

Maintaining a normal blood sugar levels

Maintaining a normal blood pressure

Being active

Having a normal cholesterol profile

Eating a heart-healthy diet

And maintaining a normal body weight

The sad thing, though, is that according to some other data about to be released, only 1 out of 1000 adults (in the US) manages to achieve those goals.