Couple Strolling Hand in Hand on Beach, exercise and eat right

We’ve all been told that we should exercise and eat right. Research to be reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting shows that a healthy lifestyle matters. That’s true even after a person has been diagnosed with colon cancer. The findings should motivate many of us to clean up our act.

Colon Cancer Patients Who Exercise and Eat Right:

In one study, almost 1,000 people undergoing chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer answered questions about dietary and exercise habits. The investigators scored their responses based on how well they met the American Cancer Society nutrition and physical activity guidelines. These urge us to eat lots of plant-based foods and limit our processed meat servings. We should choose whole rather than refined grains and consume alcohol in small quantities if at all. The guidelines also recommend at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.

Not quite 10 percent of these volunteers had healthful exercise and eating patterns that conformed to the guidelines. They also maintained a healthy body weight.

How Did People Who Exercise and Eat Right Fare?

Over the seven years of follow-up, that conscientious group was 42 percent less likely to die. They were also 31 percent less likely to have their colon cancer recur than people who didn’t follow a healthy lifestyle.

When the scientists factored in moderate alcohol consumption, the diligent patients were 51 percent less likely to have a recurrence or to die of their cancer. They had longer disease-free and overall survival than the other cancer patients in the study.

ASCO, Chicago, IL, June 2, 2017

At the same conference, other investigators will present data showing that people who include nuts in their diets do better after a colon cancer diagnosis. People who ate at least two servings of tree nuts a week were much less likely to die or have their cancer recur. Peanuts and peanut butter didn’t make any difference, though. So if you are a cancer patient trying to exercise and eat right, focus on almonds, walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts rather than peanut butter.

ASCO, Chicago, IL, June 3, 2017

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  1. Allen
    Plano, TX
    Reply

    I considered myself a diligent person, not cancer patient, and I exercise everyday and diet vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Not sugar drinks nor alcohol, or meats. So far, I am healthy and no colon or other cancer problem,

  2. Pete
    Chicago
    Reply

    One thing I have noticed in my 62 years of life is that people for the most part are not healthy because they exercise; they exercise because they are healthy! If you are much over-weight exercising will not make you thin. It will ruin your knees, and enlarge your heart just to mention a few health concerns. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am 100 lbs over- weight and I go to the health club 3 times a week. Throughout my life I have alway tried to push myself to do some sort of exercise. If you don’t move, work, play your muscles will disappear, and you will rot away. SUGAR, FLOUR, PHONY OILS, ALCOHOL, have destroyed our bodies, and the medical profession keeps PRETENDING that they could make us healthy without eliminating these poisons from our diets. I just wish that I would have the will power to do it myself.

  3. cyril
    Wisconsin
    Reply

    I still like my bacon and eggs, after after 15 years with colon rectal cancer

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