For the first time, the American Cancer Society on Thursday published formal guidelines for cancer survivors, focusing on the health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. The guidelines are published online in CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
First-Time Post Cancer Guidelines Unveiled, the article by CNN’s Ann J. Curley brings us the following.
“These recommendations, while we now have evidence that they work for cancer survivors, they are good guidelines for everybody,” said co-author Colleen Doyle, MS RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, “If you’re eating right and are being active and maintaining a healthy weight, you just feel better.”
- Maintaining a healthy weight. This includes avoiding weight gain during treatment, and losing weight if you are obese or overweight. A healthy weight is important for fighting recurrance of cancer, as well as beneficial for fighting other health problems.
- Exercising regularly – up to 150 minutes per week. This has many health benefits including improved physical function, helping mood and mental clarity, and may even help patients to complete chemotherapy by fighting fatigue and making them feel better.
They state that these guidelines are beneficial to the health of any individual, even if they have not had cancer. Eating well, exercising regularly, and maintaing a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of disease, increase optimal wellness and promote longevity.
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