Yesterday the American Cancer Society (ACS) published formal guidelines for cancer survivors focusing on the health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet.
The “Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Survivors” are based on data from over 100 studies released since 2006. The ACS says that there is strong evidence that a healthy diet and exercise may prevent cancer from coming back. The guidelines, published online in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, urge physicians to talk to their patients about these issues.
They key recommendations are:
- Get regular aerobic and resistance exercise
- Eat a diet low in red meat and saturated fats, and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Use other weight-management strategies, such as portion control, to reach and maintain a healthy weight