Eating well is important for everyone, including cancer survivors. Eating well will help your recovery by allowing your body to regain strength and rebuild healthy cells. It will also help you feel better overall and help you get back to your usual activities.
It’s also important for cancer survivors to eat well because they may be at increased risk for other health conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis (weakening of the bones). Healthy eating and maintaining a healthy body weight can lower your risk of these and other conditions, including the risk of developing some types of cancer.
Many people wonder if changing the way that they eat can prevent cancer from returning, such as eating vegetarian or cutting out all red meat. For now, research hasn’t answered this question. But we do know that eating well can help prevent some cancers from developing in the first place.
The best way to get vitamins or minerals is to eat a well-balanced diet, which usually provides enough of the recommended amounts you need to stay healthy.
Taking a regular-strength multivitamin and mineral supplement for your age group every day is usually okay, but check with your healthcare team just to be sure.
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