Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease also lowers the risk for cancer


Interesting new research proves that when causes for one disease are corrected, not only will the risk for that disease be lowered, but the risk for other diseases will be lowered.

This study, which included 13,253 participants, was conducted for almost 20 years (Rasmussen-Torvik LJ,, 2013). The participants were classified according to 7 cardiovascular health metrics which included:

  • Not smoking
  • Being involved in regular physical activity
  • Achieving healthy blood sugar and blood pressure
  • Maintaining healthy cholesterol and body mass index (BMI)
  • Eating a healthy diet

The results showed that the participants that met the goals for 6 to 7 of these health metrics had a 51 percent lower risk for cancer compared to those who met 0 goals of these metrics. It is easier than you think to prevent serious disease. If you eat right, exercise regularly and don't smoke, other factors tend to correct automatically.


Ideal cardiovascular health is inversely associated with incident cancer: the atherosclerosis risk in communities study. Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Shay CM, Abramson JG, Friedrich CA, Nettleton JA,Prizment AE, Folsom AR. Circulation. 2013 Mar 26;127(12):1270-5. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.001183. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

Published with permission by Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac : Dr. Marsh has worked with and referrers patients to Dr. Sopler for co-management for years . . . He is quite simply San Diego's top functional medicine consultant.

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