These habits are powerful to lower risk of heart disease and cancer


healthy habitSome health habits are not only beneficial to lower the risk of heart disease. But a new research suggests they can also reduce the risk of cancer. What are these habits?

According to the American Heart Association, there are seven things that can reduce the risk of cancer more than 50 percent. “These findings are not surprising, given that many elements, such as having a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking, are known to reduce the risk of cancer,” said lead researcher Laura Rasmussen at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

The healthy habits are as follows:

  • Always move
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Maintaining ┬ácholesterol levels
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Keeping blood sugar levels
  • Do not smoke

“Take care of your body by exercising, eating well, do not smoke. To reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, not to mention other chronic diseases,” she added, as reported by iVillage (18/3).

To view the risk of cancer, the research team collected data on more than 13,000 men and women. At baseline, all participants were asked about their lifestyle and health habits. Twenty years later, nearly 3,000 people who did not carry the seven habits were at risk of cancer, especially lung, prostate, breast, and colon or rectal cancer.

While the researchers found that those who followed six or seven healthy habits saw a 51 percent lower risk of developing cancer than those who do not follow the habits.

The researcher added, for those who follow the four factors, there are 33 percent lower risk for cancer and for those who follow one or two, there are 21 percent lower risk. Stopping smoking will reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer significantly.

This study is expected to assist physicians in an effort to encourage patients to follow healthy habits and also provide extra motivation for their patients.