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Healthy habits do more than just help protect you and your family from cancer, they can also help prevent other chronic illnesses, such as heart disease. In fact, a recent study suggests heart health may be a vital component in lowering one’s risk for cancer. Researchers tracked over 13,000 people over time who were advised to follow the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7,” a guide to reducing one’s risk for heart disease, which includes exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy, controlling cholesterol, keeping blood pressure down, regulating blood sugar levels and avoiding smoking. The study found that those who followed six or seven of the steps reduced their risk of cancer by 51 percent compared to those who followed none of the steps.

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