When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

Whether you are a healthcare provider, a researcher, or just someone who wants to learn more about cancer prevention, we’re here to help.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

October 25, 2012 | 2 minute read

4 Habits to Age Well (& prevent cancer): 1 is good, 4 are golden

It’s no secret that a healthy diet, exercising, limiting alcohol and not smoking can lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Research also suggests those may also be good for brain health. But how much of a difference does it really make?

Researchers set out to answer that by measuring the effect healthy behaviors had, both individually and combined, on healthy aging. The study was published online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and included 5,100 British men and women at least 60 years old at the end of the study who had been followed for an average of 16 years. All participants were disease free at the beginning of the study.

They found that participants who did just one of the healthy behaviors increased their odds of healthy aging by 33%. But the odds of healthy aging for those who did all four behaviors were 3.3 times greater than those who did none.

The authors used the term successful aging – defined as having:

  • no history of cancer, coronary artery disease, stroke or diabetes
  • good cognitive, physical, respiratory and cardiovascular functioning
  • no disability
  • good mental health

The 4 behaviors were:

  • never smoking
  • moderate alcohol consumption (1-10 drinks/wk for women; 1-15 drinks/wk for men)
  • being physically active (at least 2½ hr/wk moderate or at least 1 hr/wk vigorous)
  • eating fruits and vegetables every day

As this study shows, each healthy behavior by itself leads to healthier aging – physically, mentally and cognitively. If you’re wanting to eat more healthfully, but feeling overwhelmed about the “rules”, keep in mind that these healthy, aging people simply reported eating fruits and vegetables every day – the researchers didn’t require a certain number of servings.

Modest changes like starting with one vegetable a day can make a difference – and make it easier to make more changes when you’re ready. So whatever it is you’ve been thinking of doing to be healthier, set a simple and achievable goal. One important additional step is to set up a way to be accountable – whether you keep track of your goal on a calendar, use an app or ask a friend to help out – tracking your progress helps success.

Learn more about making simple changes here.

Like apps? Check out AICR’s favorite health apps here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From the Blog

Close