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January 2020 (Vol. 11 Issue 4)

Exercise protects against 13 types of cancer
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Exercise protects against 13 types of cancer image

It’s known that moderate physical activity is a good way of reducing your risk of heart disease—but researchers have now discovered that it also protects against 13 types of cancer.

Exercise cuts the risk more than just losing weight. People who reduce their BMI (body-mass index) score lessen their risk for just three of the 13 cancers, and then only slightly.

But those who exercise moderately or intensely in their leisure time are far less likely than a sedentary person to develop 13 of 26 cancers that were monitored. Assessing exercise levels and rates of cancers among 1.4 million participants, researchers from the National Cancer Institute discovered that exercise had the most protective effect with esophageal adenocarcinoma—cancer of the gullet—which had a reduced risk of 42 per cent, followed by liver cancer (27 per cent), lung cancer (26 per cent), and kidney (23 per cent).

It’s reckoned that 51 per cent of Americans, and 31 per cent of people worldwide, lead sedentary, inactive lives.


(Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, 2016; doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1548)

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