Making healthy lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 23%, according to a recent study out of Denmark. The study, published online October 26, 2010, in the British Medical Journal, looked at five healthy behaviors; smoking, alcohol intake, diet, activity, and waist circumference. The participants were from 50-64 years of age, and did not have cancer when they filled out the questionnaire. Family history of cancer subjects were also excluded, as well as those on NSAIDS (pain reliever) and hormone replacement therapy. The results showed that even modest differences in lifestyle can have a profound effect on colorectal cancer. The neat thing was that if participants followed even ONE of the lifestyle changes, cancer rates dropped 13%. Choices are huge, my friends. Make good ones for your health.

Mediterranean food choices may reduce the risk of getting diabetes by a whopping 83%. Choose olive oil, olives, fish, whole grains, nuts, and vegetables over red meat and full-fat cows milk dairy.

With winter on the doorstep, a favorite drink may be just what the doctor ordered; hot cocoa. Dr Oz’s website says that the hot beverage can relax arteries and boost blood flow to the brain by 10%, warding off stroke and dementia. Sometimes, stuff that taste good are also good for you. Happy arteries are a good thing.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.