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AHA Guidelines Also Cut Cancer Risk

Most people think that the guidelines set by the American Heart Association (AHA) help protect against cardiovascular disease but a new study shows that aside from this, people who follow most of these guidelines are also less likely to develop cancer. This was recently reported by Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, Ph.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in the journal Circulation.

The author states that according to her team’s findings, people who follow at least six out of seven AHA guidelines cut their cancer risk by 50%, because many of the health behaviors that protect against heart disease also protect against cancer.

The AHA recommendations include engaging at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or about 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly. Aside from regular exercise, experts also recommend eating a healthy, balanced diet that can help build muscles, reduce fat and boost health. To maintain a healthy weight, one also has to spend about eight to nine hours of sleep. A recent study from the University of Colorado showed that participants who slept for just five hours a night gained two pounds in just five days. However, when the volunteers increased their sleeping time to nine hours, they consumed fewer calories and did not experience weight gain.

Other health habits included in the AHA guidelines include controlling blood cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels. According to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association eating a handful of almonds lowers cholesterol levels, while providing a healthy dose of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Regular brisk walking lowers one’s risk of high blood pressure while eating small, frequent meals can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Finally, staying away from cigarette smoking not only protects against heart disease, but also reduces one’s risk against various types of cancer.


Haller, M. 7 Ways to Fight Cancer and Heart Disease at Once. MSN.


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