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Fight Disease Through Diet and Exercise

Hello Loyal Soup People! I’ve just read about another study that shows the powerful effects of exercise and all around healthy living. Harvard researchers published results of their study in JAMA Oncology. According to the study, nearly HALF of all cancer deaths could be prevented if Americans met four lifestyle goals:

– not smoking
– maintaining a healthy weight
– limiting or avoiding alcohol
– exercising moderately  for at least 150 minutes a week or vigorously for at least 75 minutes a week.

In the study of 136,000 nurses and other health professionals, one-fifth met all four goals.The women in this low risk category were 25% less likely to develop cancer and 48% less likely to die from it than other women. Low risk men were 33% less likely to develop cancer and 44% less likely to die from it.

The researchers surmised that the general American population would see even greater results than the study participants because medical professionals tend to be health focused and lead healthier lifestyles. If the average American were to adhere to the four goals, their cancer risks could drop even more.

The researchers conducted a second study that primarily focused on exercise. They found that physically active people are at a lower risk for 13 of 26 major types of cancer.

It is important to note that exercise and healthy living is certainly not guaranteed to prevent you from getting cancer. In fact, a healthy lifestyle was not at all associated with a decreased likelihood of breast or prostate cancer. However, it was associated with a reduced chance of dying from these diseases.

There are so many factors that contribute to disease – environment, genetics, and reasons that we simply don’t know. However, the knowledge that we could, somehow, help protect ourselves against disease, certainly keeps me moving! Yet another reason to get exercising and eat healthfully!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

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