Cancer and a healthy lifestyle

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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in America. According to the American Cancer Society, there are over 1.6 million new cases of cancer in the United States every year. With that in mind, it’s encouraging news that recent studies have found the influence your daily habits can have to lower your risk of many types of cancer. While all cancers aren’t alike, it’s another bit of evidence and motivation for instituting and maintaining healthy habits. Today is not too late!

Your influence on health and cancer risk

According to researchers out of Harvard, making modifications to routines in order to live a healthy lifestyle would lead to a 20 to 40-percent drop in new cancer cases and almost a 50-percent drop in cancer deaths. Researchers were able to reach this conclusion by looking at the data and results of two enormous studies already completed (the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study, allowing them to see health patterns for almost 150,000 men and women) as well as current statistics on cancer in the U.S.

As with many health problems, serious and otherwise, the first and most successful step is often prevention. Cancer appears to be no different. This isn’t entirely a surprise, of course. Numerous studies have found ways in which healthy habits can lower the risk of certain cancers. From tomatoes and prostate cancer to ovarian cancer and how being overweight affects cancer risk.

Define “healthy lifestyle”

So a healthy lifestyle can sound like a pretty generic thing to have as a goal. There are plenty of specifics, though, that make it an easier plan to manage. Here’s how the researchers defined someone living a healthy lifestyle:

  • Has never smoked or no longer smokes
  • Drinks little to no alcohol (one drink or fewer per day for women, two drinks or fewer per day for men)
  • Has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 18.5 and 27.5. Basically, this means maintaining a healthy weight
  • Each week, completes at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity

This is not revolutionary thinking about healthy lifestyles. If anything, this recent study is important because it confirms what is more or less common sense about health. The next step is to simply act on it.

“As a society, we need to avoid procrastination induced by thoughts that chance drives all cancer risk or that new medical discoveries are needed to make major gains against cancer,” say two researchers from the study in an editorial published with the study, “And instead we must embrace the opportunity to reduce our collective cancer toll by implementing effective prevention strategies and changing the way we live.”

So what’s the next step?

Well, to start living a healthy lifestyle! If you’ve read other articles from Olumia Life, you’ve probably already noticed that much of what the researchers call a healthy lifestyle is included in our program. In fact, Olumia Life actually goes into greater detail and guidance when it comes to actually implementing these new habits in your life. We are specifically designed to help you start a healthier and sustainable way of going about your day.

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