HealthTalk: A healthy weight, metabolic syndrome and cancer risk

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Q: I’m a healthy weight, so do I still need to think about lifestyle to lower my cancer risk?

A: Yes! Overweight is a sign of increased cancer risk, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Overweight and obesity are now linked to at least 11 cancers. Studies suggest that this link reflects influences of chronic inflammation and elevated levels of hormones involved in metabolic processes, like insulin. But you can be a normal weight and still have the metabolic issues associated with obesity. Read more… “HealthTalk: A healthy weight, metabolic syndrome and cancer risk”

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    HealthTalk: How to eat for heart-health and cancer prevention

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    Q: I’m following a heart-healthy diet. How can I adapt that for cancer prevention?

    A: Eating for heart health and cancer prevention aren’t as different as you may think. We used to think about heart disease and cancer as having separate risk factors, but now we know that just as tobacco increases risk of both, eating and physical activity habits also affect risk of both.

    Research now shows that heart health means much more than cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It involves the whole environment within blood vessels. By avoiding elevated insulin levels and excess inflammation, you can promote heart health and bypass key drivers of cancer development. Read more… “HealthTalk: How to eat for heart-health and cancer prevention”

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