Lower your risk of dying by following cancer – preventive guidelines

A new study published online on the April 3, 2013, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that:Adherence to cancer-preventive guidelines lowers risk of dying over 12.8 year period

So what were these cancer preventive guidelines?

The six guidelines included:

being as lean as possible without becoming underweight, being physically active as part of everyday life, limiting consumption of energy-dense foods and avoiding sugary drinks, consuming mainly plant-based foods, limiting the consumption of red meat and processed meat, and limiting alcoholic beverages.

So what do all of these cancer preventive guidelines have in common?

All of these guidelines help to reduce inflammation in the body.   It is known that excessive inflammation can stimulate metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer.    How and Why??

Studies shows that inflammation:

causes a drop in levels of proteins involved in DNA repair, resulting in a higher rate of spontaneous gene mutations, which can lead to cancer.

This is probably why aspirin – an over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine – has been shown to reduce a variety of cancers:
If you are taking aspirin as per your Medical Doctor’s orders,  then keep doing so.  But,  by following the cancer prevention guidelines, you may deriving similar anti inflammatory benefits.
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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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