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HHS HealthBeat (April 26, 2013)

Warding off cancer, the heart-healthy way


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

“Life’s Simple 7” is what the American Heart Association calls them – a handful of things we can do to lower our risk of heart disease. And a researcher at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago says the rules can do more. Laura Rasmussen-Torvik looked at 20 years of data on more than 13,000 people:

“Individuals who followed six or seven of the recommendations had a 51 percent lower rate of cancer than individuals who followed none of the recommendations.”

Life’s Simple 7 are: Being physically active, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, keeping blood pressure down, regulating blood sugar levels and not smoking.

The study in the journal Circulation was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 2, 2013