Close to 40% of people who develop kidney cancer are obese. One cancer research study found that being overweight or obese causes around a quarter of kidney cancers. Your body mass index (BMI) can be calculated by comparing your height and weight. Strive to keep your BMI less than 30 to cut your risk of cancer and many other chronic diseases.
3. Avoid Environmental Chemicals
Various chemicals have been shown to increase the risk of kidney cancer. These include cadmium (found in cigarette smoke, fossil fuel burning, smelting); herbicides (Round-up); and organic solvents like trichloroethylene (refrigerants, rug cleaners).
Whenever possible, strive to reduce exposure to environmental chemicals. Choose organic cleaners, natural pesticides, and clean burning fuel sources.
4. Lower Your Blood Pressure
There have been studies linking kidney cancer to both elevated blood pressure and the medications we use to lower blood pressure, like diuretics. It is advisable to implement lifestyle factors you can control, like a healthy diet and exercise to lower your blood pressure without medications when possible.
If you need medications to control your blood pressure, talk to your doctors about your medication options, but generally, it is advisable to continue your medications if needed.
5. Get Moving
Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle are at higher risk to develop cancer. They are also more likely to be obese and have hypertension. Strive to get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week. Examples of aerobic activity include walking, biking, swimming, hiking, dancing… you get the idea?!?
6. Eat Colorful Fruits and Vegetables
It is well established that the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are protective against the development of cancer. Set a goal to consume a minimum of 5 bright colored fruits and vegetables each day and opt for organic when possible. Visit the EWG’s Dirty Dozen for a list of the most pesticide-laden produce and therefore the most important items to buy organic.
We may not be able to alter the genes we inherit, but we can change the environment we expose our genes to. Removing things that pose a risk to the body and giving your cells what they need to function normally is the best way to prevent cancer and chronic disease.