LIFE STYLE MODIFICATION PROTOCOL

Life Style Modification Protocol

Patients with early prostate or kidney cancer have a higher likelihood of dying of heart attack or brain stroke than of their cancer during the first 10 years of their diagnosis. In order to reap the benefits of treating these low risk cancers, patients must reduce their risk of dying from other causes. Life style modification has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of death from these diseases. In addition it has also been shown that life style modification boosts the immune system and can improve the ability of the immune system to battle cancer.


Normal lifestyle modification protocol consists of following components:-

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Weight reduction (if overweight)
  • Medical risk control (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar)

Exercise
  • Ask your cardiologist or medical specialist to clear you for aerobic exercise.
  • Get a heart rate monitor. (Chest strap and a watch)
  • Choose any type of aerobic exercise you like; brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming, rowing, step master, elliptical trainer, treadmill etc...
  • Start with a 5 minute warm up; same exercise at a lower effort.
  • Bring your heart rate to 75% of your maximal heart rate (See chart below) and maintain this level for 45 minutes.
  • End your exercise with a 5 minute cool down; same exercise at a lower effort.
  • Perform this exercise once a day every day of your life.

 Exercise  Diet
Estimated 75% target heart rate by age

Exercise
Age Estimated 75% maximum heart rate
45-50 130-140 bpm
51-55 125-130 bpm
56-60 120-125 bpm
61-65 115-120 bpm
66-70 112-115 bpm
71-75 108-112 bpm
76-80 105-108 bpm
Diet
  • Consume large amounts of vegetables of all colors with every meal.
  • Reduce white wheat (maida) and replace with multi grain or whole wheat.
  • Reduce sugar in your diet; minimize cake, cookies or candy to one portion a day.
  • Consume 30gr of Dark Chocolate a day.
  • Avoid sugar in your beverage, drink plain water.
  • If non vegetarian, reduce red meat to one portion a week, replace with chicken.
  • Increase fish consumption, at least twice a week, Salmon preferred.
  • If you drink, limit your intake to one glass of red wine/other drink every evening.
  • Most supplemental vitamins are not necessary and may have unwanted effects on a person who consumes a normal diet.

Weight Reduction

If you are overweight, reduce your food intake to the necessary minimum until you reach your desired weight. The above diet and exercise will help.


Medical Risk Control
  • Attend your yearly check up and monitor your
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Sugar
  • Comply with your physician’s recommendations including medications to control your medical risk.