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Health & Wellness
Fall 2013
The Garden City Telegram
As early as 1991 scientific evidence indicated that people
would be healthier if they ate 5 portions of fruit and vegeta-
bles a day. Since then, many expert reports on diet and can-
cer prevention have supported the 5-a-day message. Eating
five daily portions of fruit and vegetables can help you main-
tain a healthy body weight. Doing this can help you reduce
the risk of bowel, breast, kidney, womb and esophageal
cancers. And getting enough fruit and vegetables can also
reduce the risk of many other diseases including heart dis-
ease and diabetes. The International Agency for Research on
Cancer EPIC study found that people who ate the most fruit
and vegetables reduced their risk of dying from chronic dis-
eases like heart diseases, cancer and diabetes by one fourth.
For breakfast choose whole grain cereals and fruit, lunch
can be a baked potato with baked beans or low-cal cole-
slaw as topping, with fruit as dessert, and for dinner choose
chicken, fish or a lean cut of beef with steamed vegetables
and a tossed salad. On top of eating healthy – add in a 10
minute walk after each meal and you will feel better and live
longer! Make the healthy choice the easy choice!!!
Healthy Eating
Active Living does tend to HEAL you!
Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living
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INSOMNIA
a common problem for
cancer patients
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The side effects of cancer treat-
ment can be very difficult to han-
dle. For example, cancer-related
fatigue can be vastly different from
the fatigue a non-patient may feel
from time to time, proving far
more taxing than a more routine
bout of fatigue that can often be
combatted with a nap or efforts to
get a better night’s sleep.
While side effects like fatigue and
nausea and vomiting are challeng-
ing, many cancer patients know
such side effects exist. But those
same people may not know about
the prevalence of insomnia among
cancer patients, many of whom re-
port higher rates of insomnia than
the general population.
According to the American
Cancer Society, numerous stud-
ies have shown that the majority
of cancer patients suffer from
insomnia, with prevalence rates
as high as 63 percent. One such
study published in the Journal of
Clinical Oncology analyzed data
collected on 823 patients undergo-
ing chemotherapy for a range of
cancer types. The results were eye-
opening, as researchers found that
43 percent of patients experienced
insomnia syndrome while another
36 percent experienced symptoms
of insomnia. In essence, nearly 80
percent of the study’s participants
were either suffering from insom-
nia or experiencing significant
symptoms of the syndrome charac-
terized by habitual sleeplessness.
Researchers’ opinions regarding
what’s behind the link between
cancer and insomnia suggest it
may not be just a side effect of
cancer treatment, but also a by-
product of the anxiety a cancer
patient may feel upon diagnosis.
Researchers behind the study also
noted that insomnia among cancer
patients is likely under-diagnosed,
and that patients should take
it upon themselves to begin a
dialogue with their physicians
regarding any issues they are hav-
ing falling asleep at night. Doctors
may be able to suggest some help-
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