What are the WCRF/AICR guidelines for healthy lifestyle in cancer survivors?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) released healthy lifestyle recommendations for cancer prevention, which have since been validated in a number of studies showing improved health for cancer survivors who adhered best to the recommendations. The recommendations include the following [18] :

  • Maintain body weight within the normal age throughout adult life; avoid weight gain and increases in waist circumference

  • Engage in moderate physical activity equivalent to brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day; as fitness improves, increase moderate physical activity to 60 minutes a day or 30 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity

  • Avoid sugary drinks and limit consumption of energy-dense foods

  • Eat at least five portions a day of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes such as beans

  • Limit consumption of red meats and avoid processed meats

  • Limit alcoholic drinks to two a day for men and one a day for women

  • Avoid salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium)

  • Dietary supplements are not recommended for cancer prevention

  • All cancer survivors should receive nutritional care from an appropriately trained nutritionist

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