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Red Meat and Colorectal Cancer Survival

Eating red and processed meats decreases the risk of colorectal cancer survival.

Evidence is convincing that consuming red and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. New research suggests that greater consumption before diagnosis is associated with a higher risk of death after diagnosis. Those who ate the most red and processed meats prior to and after diagnosis experienced 79% higher mortality compared to those who ate the least.

PositiveTip: Make sure your diet is composed of mostly plant-based foods for optimum health!

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Effects of Soy milk as a Dietary Complement

Soy milk lowers cardiovascular risk, extends survival and prevents brain neuron loss.

Rats fed a soy milk supplemented diet showed decreased total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and an increase in HDL cholesterol. Soy milk decreased fat peroxidation in brain, liver and kidney tissue. Animals with soy milk in their diet lost fewer brain neurons and survived significantly longer than those on a standard diet.

PositiveTip: Soy milk can be great way to improve lipid profiles and reduce tissue damage from oxidative stress.

Walk Faster, Live Longer

A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examined the walking speed of older adults to see how it affected their life expectancy. The study analyzed the results of nine other scientific studies as well.

All nine studies combined together totaled more than 34,000 senior adults, 65 years of age and older. Their average age was 73. Sixty percent were women, and 80% were white. This group was followed for 6 to 21 years. In all the studies there were 17,528 deaths.

Researchers measured walking speed at the beginning of the study, by timing subjects at their normal, comfortable walking pace for a distance of about 13 feet. 

Normal walking requires teamwork in the body starting with the muscles, bones, and joints. Its also a workout of the heart, lungs, and circulation, coordinated by nerves and the brain.

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Reduction in Number of Cigarettes Smoked Reduces Mortality

For each 5 daily cigarettes forsaken there is an 18% reduction in mortality.

Smoking is a well-established risk factor of heart disease. Many individuals try to quit but fail to achieve complete abstinence. Researchers in Israel followed over 1500 patients for an average of 13.2 years who were admitted to hospital following their first heart attack. Not surprisingly, those who had never smoked or who had quit prior to the heart attack had the best survival rates. Among those who cut back on the number of cigarettes smoked, each reduction of 5 daily cigarettes smoked resulted in an 18% lower death rate compared to 40-48% for those who quit.

PositiveTip: Quitting smoking is by far the best option, but significant benefits result from cutting back on the number of daily cigarettes smoked.