New Guidelines Link Lifestyle to Cancer Survival

New Guidelines Link Lifestyle to Cancer Survival

woman exercising

April 26, 2012 — Cancer survivors who eat right, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight improve their chances of survival, the American Cancer Society says.

In guidelines released today, the group affirmed the importance of following a healthy lifestyle following a cancer diagnosis.

The Society has long recommended these measures to prevent certain cancers, and officials say the evidence now shows that healthy lifestyle has a direct impact on cancer recurrence and survival.

The 30-Minute Workout Routine Slideshow

Healthy Lifestyle = Better Cancer Outcomes

Nearly 12 million Americans, or 1 in 25 people, are cancer survivors, meaning that they have been diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.

For some time, proper nutrition and physical activity have been thought to play a role in surviving cancer. But this is the first time the American Cancer Society has issued formal guidelines for survivors, says Society Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity Colleen Doyle, MS, RD.

“Since our last report was published in 2006, more than 100 studies examining weight control, diet, and physical activity have been published,” she tells WebMD.

The studies overwhelmingly suggest that eating a mostly plant-based diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding obesity can lower cancer recurrence risk and improve survival, she says.

After Surgery, Patient Becomes a Believer

Breast cancer survivor Crystal King worked out some, but not every day, and she was no fan of vegetables before her cancer diagnosis nearly a decade ago when she was in her mid-20s.

After her cancer surgery, King joined a gym, started running, and learned to love the healthy foods she previously only tolerated.

“My doctors believed these things would help reduce the chances that my cancer would come back, but at that point they couldn’t really prove it,” King tells WebMD.

Although most of the lifestyle studies have been in survivors of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, Doyle says it is likely that healthy lifestyle choices benefit survivors of other cancers as well.

The new report summarizes the scientific evidence on the impact of diet, exercise, and weight control on cancer recurrence and cancer death.

Diet: Limit Red and Processed Meat

Among the specific findings:

  • Studies in breast cancer survivors have shown that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish is associated with a lower risk of death than one that contains a high intake of processed and red meat, refined grains, sugar, and high-fat dairy products.
  • Eating a healthy diet low in red and processed meat appears to protect against cancer progression, risk of recurrence, and overall survival for a variety of cancers.
  • Regular exercise appears to be associated with a lower risk for recurrence and improved survival following treatment for breast, prostate, ovarian, and colorectal cancers.
  • Moderate exercise during cancer treatment has been shown to improve fatigue, anxiety, and self-esteem, as well as heart health and muscle strength.
  • Cancer survivors who are overweight or obese may benefit from intentional weight loss following treatment.
GD Star Rating
loading...

From: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20120426/new-guidelines-link-lifestyle-to-cancer-survival?src=RSS_PUBLIC

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Shopping Cart

There are no items in your cart.

Our Products

  • Credit Repair Guide

    120px-Credit-cards
    120px-Credit-cards
    There are many misconceptions about credit scores out there. There are customers who believe that they don’t have a credit score and many customers who think that their credit scores just don’t really matter. These sorts of misconceptions can hurt your chances at some jobs, at good interest rates, and even your chances of getting More Info »
    $2.00$1.00
    by Camarillo Publishing
  • Do-It-Yourself Loan Modification Software Kit

    product_img_1_128x128
    product_img_1_128x128
    The loan modification software guides the you the homeowner to the necessary calculations and forms that the banks are looking for, they are done for you instantly. You simply enter your information and the software does the rest. The software also integrates the new Obama home rescue program designed to give you homeowners a better More Info »
    $29.99$10.00
    by Camarillo Publishing
  • Free Short Sale e-Book

    Image_shortsale_book
    Image_shortsale_book
    WARNING: Do not list your home as a Short Sale until you have read this totally FREE report. This eBook can help you to buy another home in as little as 12 months!
    $0.00
    by Camarillo Publishing
  • Lender Forms

    lender-forms
    lender-forms
    An assorted collection of lender forms.
    $0.00
    by Camarillo Publishing

Categories

Archives

Advertisement

Advertisement