Five simple healthy habits could do the trick, according to a newly published study from Denmark. Researchers there reviewed data on more than 55,000 adults age 50-64 who were followed for 10 years. The lifestyle factors that appear to be protective include 30 minutes per day of physical activity, no more than seven alcoholic drinks per week for women and no more than 14 for men, not smoking, a healthy diet and a waist circumference below 88 cm (just under 35 inches) for women and 102 cm (40 inches) for men. Adhering to even one of the recommendations could have prevented 13 percent of colon cancers, the researchers calculated; following all five would have reduced colon cancer cases by 23 percent. On entering the study, participants answered questions about social factors, health status, reproductive factors and lifestyle habits. They also filled out a food frequency questionnaire developed to assess average intake over a year. The study was published online on October 26, 2010 at www.bmj.com.
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