American Cancer Society tells cancer survivors to lead a healthier lifestyle

American Cancer Society tells cancer survivors to lead a healthier lifestyle

Finally, the richest and most powerful cancer organisation in the world speaks out about how a healthy lifestyle slows cancer growth and dramatically extends life for cancer survivors.

Eat more plants and move more

The American Cancer Society (ACS) looked at over 100 studies released since 2006 to come up with their new guidelines.  Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for ACS is the co-author of the ‘Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Survivors’ report that was published Thursday April 26, 2012 by CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 

Doyle and her colleagues commented to the press on the research findings and said “There’s just been an explosion of research in this area that gives us the confidence that these things matter.  These studies really spell out the benefits of weight control, of physical activity, and of a healthy diet [rich in fruits, vegetables and wholegrains] in terms of recurrence of cancer and surviving cancer.  Healthy diets can reduce mortality and improve survival.  Bottom line, consider what you’re eating.  Get your nutrients, as best you can, from food”

What are the key recommendations?

  1. Eat a plant-based wholefood diet; low in red meat, saturated fats and alcohol
  2. Move your body every day in a variety of ways
  3. Reach and maintain a healthy weight via diet, lifestyle and portion control strategies

Sounds like 'The Feel Alive Plan' to me!

Study by Rock CL, et al “Nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors” as published in CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2012; DOI: 10.3322/caac.21142.  Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner.  As reported by MedPage Today, The Associated Press, thechart.blogs.cnn, suntimes.com and npr.org/blogs/health on April 26, 2012.

Posted: Friday 27 April 2012

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