A healthy lifestyle lowers heart disease risk in cancer survivors

People with cancer face a much higher risk of heart disease.

Most childhood cancer survivors develop health conditions as they age however a healthier lifestyle dramatically lowers this risk.

The researchers found that cancer survivors eating an unhealthy diet developed further disease at more than double the rates of those eating well.

“Cancer survivors should not smoke. In addition, adopting a lifestyle that includes maintaining a healthy body weight, regular physical activity, and a diet that includes fruits and vegetables - and which limits refined sugars, excessive alcohol, red meat and salt…”
Dr. Kirsten Ness, cancer researcher, July 2014.

Study on 1,598 childhood cancer survivors in the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study by researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. As published in Cancer, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, 2014. This research is unique due to the “large, well characterized population of survivors of various diagnoses” and used health assessments from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) guidelines. As reported by Medical News Today on Monday 28 July 2014.


 

Posted: Thursday 7 August 2014