Published: Aug. 22, 2011
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
It’s hard to sort through today’s news about food and cancer. Can following a certain diet prevent cancer? Do dietary supplements help prevent cancer? Do I need to buy organic? What is an antioxidant, anyway?
With all the information out there it is difficult to know what to do. Although factors other than diet can play a role in the development of cancer, health experts agree that paying attention to diet and related factors (including body weight and physical activity) is one of the more effective ways to reduce cancer risk.
Research in this field is continuing and scientists are just starting to sort out the complex relationships between specific food components and various health effects. Although experts don’t have all the answers yet, they agree on several principals regarding diet and cancer.
The American Institute for Cancer Research has made some recommendations for cancer prevention:
Adopting healthy lifestyle practices helps protect against many other serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and adult-onset diabetes. Integrating these recommendations into your daily life can help prevent new health problems, help you stay as healthy as possible, and add enjoyment to your life!