Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors

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A study conducted by researchers based at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis has determined that healthy lifestyle choices can help cancer survivors avoid the metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors that leads to greater chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and other ailments. The metabolic syndrome is typically seen in childhood cancer survivors.

The investigators reviewed the records of 1598 childhood cancer survivors who had been cancer-free for at least 10 years and via questionnaire sought to find if the individuals had followed healthy lifestyle recommendations as set forth by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Approximately 31.8 percent of the participants tested positive for the metabolic syndrome, and 27.0 percent of participants followed the healthy lifestyle guidelines. Both males and female not following the guidelines were more likely to have the metabolic syndrome than those who adhered (meeting four of seven recommendations was classified as guideline adherence); women not following the guidelines were 2.4 times more likely to have the metabolic syndrome and males not following the guidelines were 2.2 times more likely to have the metabolic syndrome.

Study results were published in the journal CANCER.

Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors
Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors

A new study has found that following a healthy lifestyle may lower childhood cancer survivors' risk of developing the metabolic syndrome. Published early online inCANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that children with cancer and adults who had cancer when they were children should receive information about how their lifestyle may influence their long-term health.

Adults who had  as children are known to be at increased risk for the metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that increases the likelihood of developing heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and stroke. People with the metabolic syndrome have some combination of factors including , abnormal cholesterol and glucose levels, and increased body fat.

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