An international research study shows how exercise cuts cancer risk. According to JAMA Internal Medicine, this study involved 1.4 million people which is a significant number of participants.
The purpose of this study was to find out if leisure-time physical activity of a moderate to vigorous intensity had an effect on lowering cancer risk.
The study found a connection between higher levels of physical activity and lower risk of developing 13 types of cancer. At the top of the list is cancer of the esophagus which had a 42 percent lower risk. Liver cancer came in second with a 26 percent lower risk.
The other types of cancer with a lower risk because of exercise are: Lung, Kidney, Gastric Cardia, Endometrial, Myeloid Leukemia, Myeloma, Colon, Head & Neck, Rectal, Bladder and Breast cancer.
It has already been well-established that physical activity does reduce the risk of heart disease and death from all causes. These findings are according to the authors of the new study. This new study found that exercise has similar benefits in terms of reducing cancer risk.
Overall, a higher level of activity is tied to a 7 percent lower risk of developing any type of cancer. This should make you get out there and exercise on a regular basis to stay healthy!
Health care professionals must emphasize that most of these associations were evident regardless of body size or smoking history. The adults being counseled were inactive adults.