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Aviva Research Highlights Need for Greater Awareness of Healthy Lifestyles and Cancer Prevention

Aviva Research Highlights Need for Greater Awareness of Healthy Lifestyles and Cancer Prevention

(IN BRIEF) New research by Aviva reveals that there is still a need to raise awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle in cancer prevention. Over half of those surveyed hope cancer won’t happen to them, and 20% admit to not taking any steps to reduce their risk of developing cancer and other serious illnesses. While 42% of respondents claim to lead a healthy lifestyle, many engage in healthy behaviors such as balanced diet, regular exercise, weight management, sun protection, and reduced sugar intake. However, nearly seven in ten acknowledge that there’s more they could do. The research also shows that concerns about various types of cancer have prompted visits to GPs, highlighting the importance of early detection and awareness.

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Get Healthy Carson City: Heart disease top cause of death in women

The heart truth is that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women of all ages, races, and shapes and sizes in the United States. But women sometimes experience heart disease differently than men. Healthy eating and physical activity go a long way to preventing heart disease and keeping it from getting worse if you already have it.

There is good news. You have the power to take action and lower your chance of developing heart disease and its risk factors. Start today. Make a commitment to find out your risk for heart disease and take steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle.

To have a healthy heart, it is critical to know the risk factors for heart disease — that is, the behaviors or conditions that increase your chance of developing heart disease. Having just one risk factor increases your chance of developing heart disease, and your risk

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Even With Alzheimer’s Pathology, Healthy Lifestyles May Preserve Cognition

Cognitive function was better for older adults with healthy lifestyles even if they had Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related pathologies, autopsy data showed.

A 1-point increase in a healthy lifestyle score was associated with better cognitive performance proximate to death (β=0.216, P<0.001), reported Klodian Dhana, MD, PhD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and co-authors.

After adjusting for beta-amyloid load, healthy lifestyle scores remained independently associated with cognition (β=0.191, P<0.001), the researchers reported in JAMA Neurology.

Similarly, scores were independently associated with cognition after adjusting for phosphorylated tau tangle pathology (β=0.196, P<0.001) or global Alzheimer’s disease pathology (β=0.193, P<0.001). Lifestyle scores ranged from 0 to 5 points, with higher scores indicating a healthier lifestyle.

“There are a lot of epidemiological studies, including ours, supporting the role of lifestyle in dementia risk,” Dhana told MedPage Today. “However, as individuals age, there is a progressive accumulation

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Healthier Lifestyle Linked to Lower Risk for Cancer Death

TOPLINE:

Cancer survivors who adhere to a healthy lifestyle, which includes never smoking, light alcohol intake, sufficient physical activity, a healthy diet, and an optimal body mass index (BMI), may lower their risk for cancer-related and all-cause mortality.

METHODOLOGY:

  • Cancer survivors often face long-term health problems and reduced quality of life. While modifiable risk factors can affect cancer survival, the specific influence of adopting a healthy lifestyle on overall cancer survival is still uncertain.
  • Researchers in this study examined five lifestyle factors (BMI, cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, diet, and physical activity) in 37,095 cancer survivors from the United States, the United Kingdom, and China.
  • A total of 18,990 cancer survivors reported never smoking, 14,768 reported light alcohol consumption, 17,260 reported a healthy diet, 18,141 reported adequate physical activity, and 14,739 reported an optimal BMI.
  • Healthy lifestyle scores were created by summing these factors, ranging from 0 to 5, with
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Active and Healthy Lifestyle May Help Offset Cognitive Decline

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A study looks at how a healthy and active lifestyle can impact cognitive decline. Justin Paget/Getty Images
  • A new study finds being active can help offset signs of cognitive decline.
  • A new study found being physically active, eating well, and avoiding smoking and alcohol can all help slow mental decline.
  • Even people diagnosed with dementia had less decline by taking on these healthy habits.

It’s well known that a healthy lifestyle can have a tremendous impact on our physical and mental health, and new research shows it may keep our brains sharper as we age, too.

The study, published in JAMA Neurology February 5, found that healthy lifestyle choices — being physically active, eating well, avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol consumption — may slow cognitive decline, even in people with neuropathologies like dementia.

More research is needed to understand why lifestyle factors have this impact, but

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Healthy Lifestyle Linked to Better Cognition in Later Life

Leading a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, and minimal alcohol consumption, is associated with better cognitive function in older adults, new research showed.

The study, which combined longitudinal and cohort data with postmortem brain pathology reports, found that the association held even in those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology, suggesting that lifestyle factors may provide cognitive reserve and improve cognitive abilities in older age.

“While we must use caution in interpreting our findings, in part due to its cross-sectional design, these results support the role of lifestyle in providing cognitive reserve to maintain cognitive function in older adults despite the accumulation of common dementia-related brain pathologies,” Klodian Dhana, MD, of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and colleagues wrote.

The study was published online on February 5 in JAMA Neurology.

Better Cognition

The study included 586 participants (71% female) who were followed from

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