Foods to lower the risk of certain types of cancer

Recent studies show that some foods can help lower cancer risk. New research is helping scientists’ every day to find ways to cure and prevent cancer, yet new variants of cancer continue to appear.

While we can’t prevent all types of cancer, there are some eating and drinking habits that can help prevent some types of cancer.

  1. Drink coffee to prevent liver cancer. According to a recent research from the World Cancer Research Fund International drinking coffee can lover liver inflammation: “While scientists aren’t completely sure how coffee battles liver cancer, they believe it might have something to do with lowering liver inflammation — which is one of the factors behind development of liver disease and cancer.”
  2. Mediterranean Diet to prevent uterine cancer “The Mediterranean Diet is considered one of the healthiest ways to eat, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it has been linked to a lower risk of cancer too.”, according to a study by the British Journal of Cancer.
  3. Eating nuts can protect against prostate cancer according to a study from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

A healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits are drivers of a good overall health, and while we can’t prevent cancer there are small actions everyone can take in order to be healthier. Eating fruits, vegetables and cereals on a daily basis, and reducing the amount of salt and sugar intake are good ways to start a healthy diet. We have already discussed the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet on previous posts you can read here.

Read the full article from Medical Daily, here.

 

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Hernia incidence is linked to genetics

Recent research found that there are four genes that are common to those who suffered from hernia in their lifetime.

A study conducted by University of California San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente found that there are genetic modifications in patients who suffer from inguinal hernia. A hernia is a very common condition and hernia repair is one of the most performed surgeries in the world. Although it can appear in every age, as people get older there´s a greater risk. Also men are more likely to develop inguinal hernia, as 27% of men can have inguinal hernia through their lifetime as opposed to 6% of women.

Data was collected from more than 73000 people, from those over 5000 already had hernias. One of the researchers, Eric Jorgenson, PhD, comment on the importance of the study results: “Surgical repair of inguinal hernias is one of the most commonly performed operations in the world, yet little is known about the genetic mechanisms that predispose individuals to develop them. (…) These findings provide insight into the origins of hernia development and highlight genetic pathways for studies of its treatment.

Researchers now expect the disease to be further investigated so that in the future there can be more knowledge about how hernias appear. It is expected that with further research it becomes possible to prevent the occurrence of inguinal hernias.

Read more about the study here.

If you would like to learn more about hernia diagnosis and repair, read our Hernia page on Medical Port’s website and contact us if you need any further information.

 

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10 ways to live longer

Health and lifestyle website Medical Daily, shared their 10 tips that can help everyone to live longer.

Although we cannot predict until what age we will live, there are ways to extend our lives by living a healthier life and having a positive attitude.

These are the 10 ways to live longer:

  1. Manage stress
  2. Exercise
  3. Don’t smoke
  4. Don’t do drugs or drink too much alcohol
  5. Think young
  6. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle
  7. Keep a Mediterranean diet
  8. Always learn something new
  9. Keep close friends
  10. Stay positive

The key to live longer lies in the attitude towards life and in keeping the right balance between what is healthy and what is not. If there is something you really like, for example, eating fast food, you should have it once in a while, but not regularly. You should keep a Mediterranean style diet, as it is considered the healthiest diet by the World Health Organization, privileging cereals and vegetables over meat. But, sometimes you crave fast food and that is ok, since you keep it sporadically.

Maintaining a healthy life is also about doing what you like the most and feel happy with your choices.

Control your stress levels is also very important for your overall health because when you feel stressed for long periods of time, your immune systems goes down and you become more vulnerable to diseases.

Practicing exercise and avoid a sedentary lifestyle are crucial for a longer life since they rejuvenate your body and prepare it for the days to come. The more active your life is when you are 30, the better prepared your body will be for when you are 60.

Attitude towards life plays a big part in living longer.

This is what Medical Daily says about the importance of a positive thinking: “Whether you’re in college, working, or retired, making goals for yourself and challenging yourself is going to improve your outlook on life, which will make you happier and keep you healthier. At the end of the day, it’s all about being positive, focusing on the good things, and never giving up.”

 

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What is Medical Tourism?

Medical Tourism has become a real buzzword in the last few years. But what does it really mean?

Medical Tourism occurs when people elect to travel abroad for treatments, surgeries and general medical care. The decision to leave your country for these procedures comes with several advantages and opportunities; combining it with touristic activities and discover more about the country you’re traveling to is one of the opportunities, but the main drivers are as follow:

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About Health Abroad

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Welcome to Health Abroad, the official blog for Medical Port | Premium Medical Tourism Facilitator in Portugal.

The purpose of this blog is to share information on Medical tourismmedical treatmentssurgeries and key facts on Portugal and its offer in the medical and touristic areas.

Medical Port is the first truly Global Medical Tourism Facilitator dedicated to gather Portugal’s expertise in Medical Services as well as renowned hospitality for your benefit. We provide you with adequate alternatives for surgeries and medical treatments in Portugal ensuring a relaxing Medical Tourism experience abroad.

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