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We can now add cancer prevention to the long list of reasons that regular exercise leads to a longer and healthier life. A new study published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals that recommended amounts of physical activity correlated with lower risks of seven types of cancer. These include colon, breast, kidney, myeloma, liver, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and endometrial cancers.

Although this is not the first time exercise has been found to reduce the chances of contracting disease, this study followed 750,000 adults in various geographical areas, the US, Australia and Europe. A far more extensive sampling covering a much more international group of people. While the authors of this study do not claim that exercise alone can account for reduced risk, their results indicate a strong correlation between physical activity and prolonged resistance to the above-listed cancers.

Widely accepted guidelines of 2.5 to 5 hours a week of moderate to intense activity have been linked to a reduction of risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but this study from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute offers further evidence of the critical importance of regular exercise. Meeting or exceeding the guidelines shows varied positive results for the seven types of cancer. Among both men and women, the risk of kidney cancer was reduced by up to 17 percent, liver cancer by up to 27 percent and myeloma by up to 19 percent.

While the study shows the correlation between physical exertion and reduction of risk, it does not explain how exercise causes the lowered risk. Also, the study only followed white people, so the results cannot be generalized to all populations.

As our regular readers know, we often suggest strength training for older adults. Strength training, including resistance training (such as that offered at Strength Science Studios) has also been shown to increase the quality of sleep, aid in bone density, improve metabolism, alleviate depression and enhance the overall quality of life.

 At Strength Science Studios professional trainers work with clients one-on-one every week. The program requires only once-a-week attendance for a 30-minute session. The facility and the program focuse heavily on men and women age 50 and older, although everyone is welcome.

Come by Strength Science Studios at 730 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 7 and let us introduce you to the program. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please call (225)  256-3000. 

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