In 2010, the American heart Association has developed 7 tips for heart health, called “7 simple steps to health”. The main purpose of which is to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 20% by 2020. However, according to the study, this program also helps to reduce the risk of cancer by half!
In a study recently published in the journal “Circulation” by Dr Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, said that following the 4 th, to-7, can reduce the risk of cancer by 33% and if you stick to the remaining three, this figure can be increased to 51%.
Dr. Rasmussen-Torvik and her research team studied the case histories of 13 of 253 patients between 1987 and 2006. The result of this work was to identify patterns – the more we observe, the less the risk of cancer. Lung cancer, of the colon or rectum, prostate or mammary glands – the most common types of this disease.
Here’s the list of tips:
- Become more active – it is recommended that every week at least 150 minutes to devote to physical exercise.
- Control cholesterol – normal is less than 200 mg per deciliter.
- Better eat – your diet should be rich in whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, and foods that contain lean protein such as fish. It is also important to limit the consumption of sodium, sugar, saturated and TRANS fats.
- Follow blood pressure – it should be less than 120/80.
- Lose weight – your body mass index should not exceed 25.
- Reduce blood sugar – do not overdo carbonated drinks, sweets and desserts.
- Quit Smoking – the Association advises to do for this step, all possible.
Dr. Rasmussen-Torvik, said: “Make your body strong and healthy, because change is never too late. Quit Smoking and improve your diet, so you will significantly reduce the risk for, cardiac and oncological diseases”.