Wednesday, October 25, 2017

If We All Did These 4 Things, It Would Cut the Cancer Death Rate in Half

If you’ve ever doubted that a few healthy lifestyle changes can actually lower your risk of cancer, well, think again.
The authors of a new study suggest that 20% to 40% of cancer cases—and about 50% of all deaths from cancer—might be prevented if we all did these four things: exercise regularly, maintain a healthy BMI, stay smoke-free, and skip booze or drink only in moderation.
That’s it—or, rather, that might be enough to slash cancer rates and deaths, according to the research published today by JAMA Oncology.
While similar research on the link between cancer and lifestyle factors has been done in the past, “it’s been a while, and the lifestyle profile in the U.S. has changed dramatically,” says lead author Mingyang Song, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. “We want to provide an updated picture.”
But there was another reason behind Dr. Song’s research: It was done in response to a January 2015 study published in Science, which suggested that a third of the cancer risk across tissues in the body might be caused by the environment or genetics; and the rest might be caused by random DNA mutations in stem cells (in other words, bad luck). That finding, however, was misinterpreted by the media, and left some of the public thinking that most cancers themselves were due to random chance.
Dr. Song hoped to address that confusion with his current research, which examined more than 130,000 white people from two long-running studies: the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS).
The researchers divided the people into two groups, based on their lifestyle: The first was considered “low risk” (or healthier) and the second group, “high risk.” Then the researchers looked at how likely the people in each group were to develop cancers of the lung, breast, pancreas, bladder, and more. They didn’t include skin and brain cancer (among other types) since those cancers are strongly linked to causes like UV rays and other carcinogens.
It bears repeating that the study only included white people. Since the participants of the NHS and HPFS are predominantly white, the researchers chose to exclude “the small proportion of non-whites” to “avoid any influence that different ethnic distribution would make on our findings,” Dr. Song explains.
What they found: the low-risk group was less likely to develop and die from cancers than both the high-risk group and the general white population in the U.S.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

5 Simple Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle

The time is about right for a half year review and if your New Year health resolution didn’t get past the first week of January, relax, let’s try again.
There are several things you can do to live a better lifestyle, from following a healthy diet to exercising regularly. The ultimate focus should be on living a life that you can be proud of, while also avoiding health problems; or reverse them if they already exist.
If you’re still in doubt, think about how living a healthy lifestyle can benefit you ten years down the line. When your focus is on the purpose of living healthy, then you’ll start acting right by taking steps towards making it a reality.
Below are some ways you can start living a healthy lifestyle today.
1. Exercise and Sleep well: Exercise and quality sleep go together. With the right exercise routine, good sleeping habits and nutrition, you can live a healthy lifestyle that positively impacts your entire life. Sleep is also an important remedy to certain health challenges like stress and over eating. Well rested people have more control of their appetite; the longer you stay awake, the more likely you are to get hungry anyway. A decent 7-hour sleep is recommended for healthy living. Research actually shows that physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep.

2. Personal hygiene:
 Mouth or body odour announces you in a really bad way; you do not want people taking three steps back for every step you take towards them. You have to practice those hygiene instructions strictly - “brush your teeth, especially your tongue twice a day”, “take a bath with soap at least once a day”, “floss daily”. Avoid smelly food and drinks like onions, garlic and alcohol. Drink more water and chew gum to prevent bad breath. Use antiperspirant to reduce sweating, change and wash your clothes regularly and let your shoes air dry. Women already shave armpit hair, men should too; it keeps your pores open and gives no room to bacteria.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Are energy bars healthy?



Energy bars are a convenient source of nutrition and come in a wide variety of flavors to satisfy different palates. They are often fortified with vitamins and minerals, which can help fill nutritional gaps.
But, like many foods in a specific category, not all energy bars are created equal. Those that are low in saturated fat and sugars, with a decent amount of protein and fiber, can provide a nutritious, satisfying pick-me-up. Others can closely mimic a candy bar. For example, some bars covered in chocolate contain as much saturated fat as a Snickers bar; others contain almost as much sugar.
Energy bars containing mostly fruit and nuts can serve as satisfying snacks. But if you're looking for a meal replacement, aim for a bar with a higher amount of protein: about 10 to 20 grams. Athletes can also benefit from choosing a bar with more protein and carbohydrates, as their needs are higher.
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