Healthy living habits can significantly reduce the likelihood that an individual will experience cancer, according to Dr. David Agus, oncologist and professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Agus recently told Marketwatch that there are several steps people can take over time to improve their odds of avoiding invasive cancer and other illnesses. One thing anyone can do is try to keep a stable schedule, eating, sleeping and exercising at regular times and ensuring that some time is set aside for relaxation.
Sleeping regularly is more important than the amount of sleep, according to Agus, and establishing a routine can promote health over time. Avoiding prolonged sitting is also helpful, and he recommends wearing comfortable shoes both to encourage people to move around more and so that they will not experience inflammation or put strain on their back or joints.
Similarly, he notes that an annual flu shot can moderate the body’s immune response and avoid inflammation triggered by the illness, which can weaken people so that they are more vulnerable to other health issues.