Heart Healthy Habits Linked to Cancer Prevention

How are your 2014 new year resolutions for a healthier you going? This article will help you continue on your path to living better and longer!

Did you know that a study by the American Heart Association found that “people practicing healthy heart habits had a significantly lower chance of developing cancer—a 38-percent lower risk, to be exact.” By following healthy eating and living habits, you can control your health and reduce your risk for developing chronic diseases and cancer.

What are the main habits I should live by?

According to the AHA, there are 7 main metrics for heart health which also make it less likely to be diagnosed with cancer.

1. Stay Active – It is recommended that adults exercise at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week. This will help lower risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

2. Maintain a Healthy Weight – Being overweight or obese increases your risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

3. Eat a Healthy Diet – Did you know you can improve your health by eating certain foods such as lean proteins, colorful fruits and veggies, and foods low in cholesterol, saturated fat, trans frat, salt, and sugar?

4. Maintain Safe Blood Sugar Levels – Stay away from soda, candy and desserts that contain simple sugars. When blood sugar levels rise to dangerous levels, it can cause damage to vital organs.

5. Lower Your Cholesterol – Heart attacks and strokes are caused by a buildup of plaque in your veins and arteries, which is due to having too much LDL cholesterol.

6. Lower Your Blood Pressure – Did you know that the biggest factor in heart disease is hypertension.

7. Don’t Smoke – Smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease, blood clots, cancer, and damage to your circulatory system.

Many chronic diseases are preventable simply by making sound lifestyle choices. Our program is designed to improve your health by providing you with the knowledge needed to make healthy choices every day. Visit our websiteor call us to schedule your appointment today 949- 566-8179!


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