Dealing with cancer is a traumatizing experience. There are those who have managed to diagnose and treat cancer, but the process is frightening and even draining. Cancer is treatable but even if you make it, you need to learn how to make your life better and the only way to do this is to take control of your life. Below tips will help boost your health even if you have just been diagnosed, or you are undergoing treatment or post-treatment.
Maintain Healthy Weight
It is hard for a cancer survivor to keep their weight in check because of the stress, treatment side effects and the changes that cancer diagnosis brings to one’s life. It is important to maintain a healthy weight, and you can achieve this by limiting your time in front of TV or computer, eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains and integrate physical activities into your life.
Many people find it hard to fit exercises into their schedules. And for a cancer survivor whose schedule has been completely interrupted due to treatment, it is even harder. But exercises help to improve the moods, health and counter cancer-related fatigue. Exercise also help to lower the risk of recurrence and cut the risk of related chronic diseases. 3o minutes of aerobic activity like walking every day will do. Make exercising a habit and you can stay motivated by exercising with someone.
The most important thing as a cancer survivor is to maintain post-treatment check-ups with your primary doctor and oncology team. During your visits, share with your doctor any concerns or questions you have regarding your life. During these check-ups it is important, you get screening test recommendations for heart diseases, osteoporosis risk factor and diabetes.
Reduce alcohol consumption
For survivors, alcohol is a complicated issue. Moderate consumption is okay, but the problem is that it can increase the risk of cancer in later years. Alcohol should not be used to deal with the physical and emotional stress of cancer. If you do not drink, don’t drink at all or do not start drinking. If you were an addict, moderate it to one drink a day for women and one to two for men. If you have a problem with alcohol, talk to a healthcare professional. Also, at parties, drink nonalcoholic beverages.