No one wants a diagnosis of cancer. No one wants to go through chemotherapy or radiation. And no one wants to give up their quality of life, or even their life, to cancer. But how much would you give up to give yourself a better chance of avoiding such a diagnosis?
The American Cancer Society (ACS) just came out with their updated guidelines for reducing the risk of cancer. The previous guidelines included physical activity, focusing on a plant-based diet, and modest alcohol consumption. The updated guidelines call for two to five hours of exercise per week, depending on the level of exercise, a continued focus on plant-based foods and reducing the consumption of meat, and no alcohol consumption.
Of course, the hard part is that, even if we do these things, there’s no guarantee we will avoid cancer. The worst of both worlds would be exercising daily, avoiding red meat, refusing to drink, and still getting cancer.
Luckily the ACS gives us an out. While the advocacy calls for no alcohol, they do say that if you insist on drinking, then limit it to one drink per day for women, and two drinks per day for men.
At least that’s something. Tofu never goes down well, but a cold beer chaser makes it easier to take.