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TV Viewing Ups Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

The association between the time spent viewing TV and the development of obesity and diabetes is well known. In a study just published, researchers in Australia discovered additiional hazards of TV viewing. This study tracked TV viewing and disease development in 8800 adults followed for nearly 7 years.

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Mother Nature Still Knows Best: Whole Tomatoes Yield More Carotenoids

Contrary to popular opinion, whole tomato preparations give better carotenoid absorption.

A significant amount of research substantiates the benefits of tomato products in lowering the risk of colon and prostate cancers. This is thought to occur because of tomatoes' high carotenoid content, specifically lycopene and beta-carotene. Tomato paste has been recommended over whole fresh tomatoes because of the concentration of the protective carotenoids. Yet, the peels of the tomato are normally eliminated during processing. Research has again confirmed that Mother Nature knows best: consuming whole, natural foods is best!

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Excess Body Fat Causes 100,000+ Cases of Cancer

More than 100,000 new cases of cancer per year would be eliminated if we all weighed what we should!

Excess body fat alone is responsible for more than 100,000 new cases of cancer each year in the US. New estimates suggest obesity costs Americans $147 billion annually! A major portion of the following cancers are caused by our collective flab: esophageal (35%), pancreatic (28%), gallbladder (21%), endometrial (49%), kidney (24%) breast (17%) and colorectal (9%). The release of this news coincides with the 2009 AICR Annual Research Conference.

PositiveTip: Eat right and get plenty of physical activity to maintain a healthy weight.

Preventing Cancer: Is Progress Being Made?

My head is spinning this evening! Not because I am dizzy, but because all day I have been attending the 2009 American Institute for Cancer Research's Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer in Washington, DC. It is really amazing how much is known about risk factors, genetics, treatment, and prevention of this dread disease! Here are a few "headlines" from my notes of today.AICR

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Optimism is a Good Medicine!

Outlook on life has a substantial impact on heart disease and mortality.

We all love to be around people with a sunny disposition! Not only are they happy, they will probably live longer too! At least women will according to a new sub-study of the Women's Health Initiative. Investigators followed nearly 100,000 women for 8 years who were free from cancer and heart disease at enrollment. After adjustment for several confounding factors, optimists had significantly lower rates of heart disease and total mortality compared to pessimists. Interestingly, the optimists were more likely to attend church at least once weekly. Independently, the women who had high scores on cynicism also experienced higher rates of heart disease and cancer.

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So Much for So Little

Get moving to live a longer and better life!

If people would simply start a walking program of at least 30+ minutes of brisk walking daily beginners: start slower, work up, and break it up into 15 minute sessions), they could positively impact their own health. Many research reports show that compared to sedentary persons, those who exercise regularly have a:

  • 45% reduced risk of cancer
  • 60% reduced risk of diabetes
  • 48% reduced risk of heart disease
  • 62-65% reduced risk of hip fractures
  • 68% fewer strokes
  • 57% decreased rate of developing high blood pressure
  • 34% decreased risk of catching a cold
PositiveTip: Wow! That's a huge benefit for a small investment in physical activity.