‘A healthy lifestyle helps reduce heart and cancer risk’ reports British Heart Foundation


According to a new study, following cancer prevention advice and making healthy diet and lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease argues the British Heart Foundation. Researchers examined the diet and lifestyle of 380,000 people over 12 years and to see how closely they followed prevention advice from the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research. They found those who followed the advice closely had a reduced heart risk, too.

Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation commented “Cancer and heart disease share some common risk factors so to find cancer prevention advice might help reduce heart disease risk isn’t entirely surprising. The association found between breast feeding and a lower heart risk among women is interesting and needs further exploration but this research doesn’t change our advice for a healthy heart. If you eat a healthy balanced diet filled with fruit and veg, stay active, stop smoking and maintain a healthy weight you’ll be well on the way to preventing a heart attack or stroke.”

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.