New research shows when causes for a certain disease are corrected, not only will the risk for that disease be lowered, but the risk for other diseases will be lowered. This study, which included 13,253 participants, was followed for almost 20 years (Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, et.al., 2013). The participants were classified according to 7 cardiovascular health metrics which included:
- not smoking
- being involved in regular physical activity
- achieving healthy blood sugar and blood pressure
- maintaining healthy cholesterol and body mass index (BMI)
- eating a healthy diet
The results showed that the participants that met the goals for 6 to 7 of these health metrics had a 51 percent lower risk for cancer compared to those who met 0 goals of these metrics.
It is easier than you think to prevent serious disease.
If you eat right, exercise regularly and don’t smoke, the other factors tend to correct them self automatically.
Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Shay CM, Abramson JG, Friedrich CA, Nettleton JA, Prizment AE, Folsom AR. Ideal cardiovascular health is inversely associated with incident cancer: the atherosclerosis risk in communities study. Circulation. 2013 Mar 26;127(12):1270-5. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.001183. Epub 2013 Mar 18.