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Healthy Lifestyle Greatly Reduces Cancer, Heart Disease Risk: Study

04/27/11

  11:23:22 am, by MedBen5   , 164 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Healthy Lifestyle Greatly Reduces Cancer, Heart Disease Risk: Study

If you live a healthy lifestyle – that is, if you don’t smoke, drink alcohol in moderation, and observe proper diet and exercise regimens – you hopefully get the payoff of being fit and feeling well. But the scientific community wants to offer you a “thumbs up” for a good job, too.

HealthDay News (via MedcineNet.com) reports that a new study finds that nonsmokers who also who practice healthy habits decrease their risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes by 42%. Also noteworthy: Former smokers showed similarly lower risk levels compared those who never took a puff.

The study’s authors reviewed diet and lifestyle questionnaires filled out in 1992 and 1993by non-smoking men and women, who were then monitored over a 14-year period, They found that for those with higher adherence to American Cancer Society prevention guidelines, the risk of heart-related death was 58% lower for women and 48% lower for men. For cancer deaths, highly-compliant women deceased their risk by 24%, and men by 30%.

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