The changes affected all parts of the recommendations that were published in the American Cancer Society.
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Previously, American oncologists recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense exercise per week. Now they indicate the need to increase the load: up to 150-300 minutes or 75-150 minutes per week, respectively. The desired number of minutes of physical activity per week is 300.
Oncologists have previously recommended a healthy, mostly plant-based diet that helps maintain a healthy weight. They advised avoiding red and processed meats, eating at least 2.5 servings of fruits or vegetables, and choosing whole grains rather than refined foods.
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Recommendations are now focusing on healthy eating patterns.
There is not a single product or even a group of products that would significantly reduce the risk of cancer. Modern scientific evidence supports the transition from binding to certain nutrients to more holistic concepts of dietary patterns,
– said Laura Markof, vice president of the American Cancer Society.
Healthy patterns include foods that are rich in nutrients in amounts that help maintain a healthy weight. They contain many different fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains. Red and processed meats, sugary drinks, ultra-processed foods contradict healthy patterns.
The recommendations for alcohol have changed. It was previously believed that it should be limited: to one standard serving per day for women and two for men. Now, an indication has been added to this recommendation that it is better to completely abandon alcohol.