Bad news for the Big C. It is an alarming statistic that the average American has a 40 percent chance of developing cancer over a lifetime. Is cancer caused from bad genes? Does random bad luck play a part when renegade cells mutate and replicate? Today’s research tells us that how active we are and how we eat makes a difference at our cellular level. The good news is that 80 percent of all cancers are related to lifestyle– poor diet, inactivity, and smoking. Yes, there is hope! We have some control. The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund has a list of ways to lower risk:
Be as lean as possible. The ideal adult body mass indes is between 21 and 23.
Lead a physically active life. Aim for at least a 30 minute brisk walk per day.
Eat mostly foods of plant origin, emphasizing nonstarch vegetables and fruits, legumes, and grains.
Meet nutritional needs primarily through diet rather than relying on vitamin and mineral supplements.
Limit alcoholic drinks.
Limit energy-dense foods– the empty carbs and sugary drinks.
Limit red meat to less than 500 grams, or 18 ounces per week, and avoid processed meat.