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Cancer Prevention May Be Boosted with Better Heart Health

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Cancer prevention may start with your heart, according to new medical research. A new study published in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Circulation journal examined the cardiovascular health of more than 13,000 Americans enrolled in a study that began in 1987.

Study Examines Cancer Rates & Adherence to AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7”

Upon reviewing the health habits of the participants, researchers found that those who followed the AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7” tips to lower risk of heart disease had a lower risk of cancer compared to those who did not follow them. Of the participants, 2,800 had developed a form of cancer over the years, but those who followed six or seven of the tips had a 51 percent lower risk of cancer. Those who followed four tips had a 33 percent lower risk, and those who followed one or two even had a 21 percent lower risk compared to those who followed none of the tips.

The seven tips for avoiding heart disease include:

  • participating in regular exercise or physical activity;
  • losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight;
  • eating a balanced, healthy diet;
  • monitoring cholesterol;
  • maintaining a healthy blood pressure;
  • regulating blood sugar; and
  • avoiding use of tobacco products.

Dr. David Katz of Yale University Prevention Research Center, who was not part of the study, believes that an overall health improvement is the key to preventing several disabling conditions, “Take good care of your body by exercising it, feeding it well and sparing it exposures to such toxins as tobacco, and it is far more likely to take good care of you, sparing you heart disease and cancer, not to mention other chronic diseases,” he said according to HealthDay.

Disabling Conditions May Lead to an Inability to Work

When it’s too late for prevention and a disabling condition such as cancer has impaired your ability to work, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits. When you are too impaired to perform substantial gainful activity, talk to the disability representatives at Disability Help Group to explore your options for disability benefits. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.