Prevent major disease with 5 easy health habits

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Stay happy and disease free with 5 easy health habits.
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If you want to prevent major disease and stay healthy and happy throughout life, you might consider engaging in 5 easy to accomplish healthy habits, highlighted in the American Journal of Medicine. All of the health tips are based on study reviews that clearly show just how easy it is to prevent illness and improve your health.

Five steps toward better health

Eat fresh fish - According to the study authors, it's now apparent that eating fish can reduce the chances of colon cancer. People who live in countries with the highest amount of fish in their diet have the lowest rates of the disease that is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the Western world.

A review of studies by Xi'an, China scientists affirms colorectal cancer can be reduced by 12% just by eating fresh fish regularly. The finding comes from a review of 41 studies that were published between 1990 and 2011.

Eating fish is especially effective for reducing the chances of rectal cancer. The studies showed fish in the diet can lower rectal cancer risk up to 24% and colon cancer by 4%.

Take a baby aspirin daily – Providing there are no contraindications from your doctor, taking a low dose, or baby aspirin daily can prevent heart disease and cancer deaths; is simple and costs very little.

A review of 23 studies, performed by Edward J. Mills, PhD, MSc, of the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues showed conclusively that aspirin can prevent cancer. The anti-cancer effect low dose aspirin was confirmed at approximately four-year follow up.

Visit your dentist regularly – Periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk of heart disease. Researchers looked at over 10,000 patients in two groups -one group who had regular teeth cleaning and one that did not - to find those who had regular dental visits for tooth scaling had fewer heart attacks and other heart related events.

Avoid tobacco – Few people are unaware of the health perks that come from tobacco cessation or avoidance. But the good news is that studies find hypnotherapy and acupuncture can help smokers kick the habit.

In their study review, Mark J. Eisenberg, MD, MPH, of McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, and colleagues found patients who received hypnotherapy were 4.55 times more likely to stop smoking, compared to people who tried conventional stop-smoking methods. Acupuncture recipients were 3.53 times more likely to abstain from smoking. The information was found in a meta-analysis of 14 clinical trials.

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Make weight loss a success– If you’re overweight, seek help from a primary care practice. William C. Haas, MD, of East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and colleagues found losing weight can be easily guided by primary care physicians in an office or weight loss clinic setting.

Patients who received behavioral modification and diet counseling, including partial or complete meal replacement, were able to shed pounds without going to a weight loss center.

Guidance from primary care providers helped patients lose more fat and was as effective as weight loss centers for reducing weight. Patients who chose full meal replacements were more successful. On average, patients lost 11.1% of their body weight.

The study authors have pulled together a range of 5 health habits that anyone can accomplish to prevent disease. Speak with your doctor about taking aspirin daily and weight loss help. In addition to the six easy steps highlighted by various research findings, remember it’s important to stay active throughout life.

Source:
American Journal of Medicine

"Fish Consumption and Colorectal Cancer Risk in Humans: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis"
Shengjun Wu, et al.
4/18/2012

"Low-dose Aspirin and Cancer Mortality: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials"
Edward J. Mills, et al
4/18/2012

"The Association of Tooth Scaling and Decreased Cardiovascular Disease: A Nationwide Population-based Study"
Zu-Yin Chen, et al.
4/5/2012

"Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials"
Mehdi Tahiri, et al.
4/13/2012

"Outcomes from a Medical Weight Loss Program: Primary Care Clinics Versus Weight Loss Clinics"
William C. Haas, et al
June, 2012

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