Lifestyle choices could impact long-term heart health of childhood cancer survivors

28 July 2014

Following a healthy lifestyle plan could lower childhood cancer survivors' risk of developing metabolic syndrome, according to new research.

The study, which has been published in the Cancer journal, suggested that both children with the disease and adults who had experienced the illness when they were paediatric patients should be given information about how their lifestyle choices could influence their long-term health.

It is known that adults who have had cancer as a child are at an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, that increase the likelihood of developing heart disease and other health problems. 

The metabolic syndrome was present in 31.8 per cent of the participants, and 27.0 per cent of participants who followed the healthy lifestyle guidelines. 

According to the study, females who did not follow the guidelines were 2.4 and males were 2.2-times more likely to have the metabolic syndrome than those who followed the guidelines.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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