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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    Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters

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    Parents are key when it comes to shaping children’s diet and physical activity. Moms and dads not only model eating, exercise and other health habits, they are also the gatekeepers for what food is served at home and what sports or other activities are available to the family. These influences likely have a profound effect on a child’s weight and therefore their weight as an adult. And kids who grow into adults with obesity are then at a higher risk for many cancers, including colorectal, postmenopausal breast and liver.

    But according to a new review published in Pediatricsthere’s little research to understand the specific role that fathers play in a child’s weight. In this review of over 200 childhood obesity prevention trials, fathers represented only 6% of parents involved in the studies. Read more… “Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters”

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      For World Cancer Day, how physical activity can lower your cancer risk

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      Globally, cancer is a leading cause of death and the statistics are sobering.  Worldwide cases of cancer are predicted to reach 21.7 million by 2030.

      Today on World Cancer Day – and throughout Cancer Prevention Month – one big theme is about getting individuals to play a more active role in reducing their cancer risk. Being active is an important way to do that, and that’s the theme for World Cancer Day.

      You surely know that exercise is good for you, but what most Americans don’t know is that being active actually decreases your cancer risk.

      Our 8th Cancer Awareness Survey, released this week, showed that only 39 percent of Americans know that inactivity relates to cancer risk. And it does.

      Read more… “For World Cancer Day, how physical activity can lower your cancer risk”

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