Your health questions answered!
Custom Search
Home Walking Calories Weight & Height

Get Fit To Reduce Risk Of Cancer

Staying fit and trim may do more than keep your heart healthy, researchers report. It could also reduce your risk of dying from cancer.

In a 25-year study, men who were most fit at the start of the study were less likely to die from cancer. And women who were overweight when the study began were at higher risk of dying from cancer. The results support the current recommendations from the American Cancer Society emphasizing a physically active lifestyle and the prevention of obesity.

Dr.Kelly R.Evenson and her team examined the relationship between fitness and obesity and the risk of dying from all types of cancer. Evenson, who is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that "It would be nice in future studies if we could examine the relationship of fitness and obesity on certain types of cancers, such as breast cancer."

The study included 2,585 women and 2,890 men who were followed from the early- to mid-1970s to 1998. At the start of the study, volunteers performed a treadmill test to measure their heart health and had their body mass index, or BMI, measured. BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height used to gauge obesity.

After taking into account factors that could influence health, Evenson's team found that the fittest men were about half as likely to die from cancer as less fit men. Fitness levels did not have a significant effect on cancer deaths in women, however.

But a woman's BMI at the start of the study was related to her chances of dying from cancer during the next 25 years, according to the report. Women with the highest BMI were almost 50% more likely to die from cancer than less obese women.

The research team did not examine how fitness and obesity may affect the odds of dying from cancer, but physical activity is believed to reduce cancer risk by influencing levels of certain hormones and growth factors, by decreasing body fat and possibly by enhancing the immune system.


Custom Search

Home Body Mass Index Calorie Counter Weight Management
FAQ About Us Contact Us Weight, Height & BMI

Health Tools
Body Mass Index
Calories Burned While Walking
Calories Composition Converter
Daily Calorie Needs
How Much Water To Drink
Optimal Heart Rate Chart
Waist To Hip Ratio
Weight And Height Converter
What You Should Weigh
Rest And Yoga
Benefits Of Sleep And Naps
Chronic Sleep Deprivation
Good Sleep Hygiene
Meditation As Therapy
Better Sleep For Losing Weight
Sweating While Sleeping
Yoga For Quieting Minds
Yoga For Sleeplessness
Avoiding Dehydration
Exercise For Over-Forties
Combine Weights And Aerobics
Exercise & C-Reactive Protein
Home Exercise Equipment
Intensity Of A Workout
Pilates Strengthens
Setting Exercise Goals
Starting A Fitness Program
Types Of Physical Fitness
Vitamin E, Exercise And Aging
Vitamin E And Soreness
Weight Lifting And Weight Loss
Weight Training For Aging
When Sports Drinks Necessary
Exercise Benefits
Approaches To Weight Loss
Balance With Bosu Ball
Benefits Of Being Fit
Delaying Dementia
Feeling And Looking Younger
Fit In Body And Mind
Improving The Quality Of Life
Keeping Weight Off
Losing Weight Permanently
Metabolism & Weight Loss
Pre-Diabetic Syndrome
Relief For Joint Aches
Run For Your Heart
Stroke Risks
Toning The Thighs
Weight Management
Work-Outs And Personality
Diet And Nutrition
Age-Related Supplements
Boost The Immune System
Breakfast And Weight Control
Breakfast, Obesity, Diabetes
Cinnamon For Diabetes
Dietary Approaches To Diabetes
Essential Fatty Acids
Glycemic Index
Good And Bad Carbohydrates
Protein And Kidney Damage
High Protein Or High-Carb Diet?
Moderate Fat For Health
Smoking And Impotence
Super Foods For Anti-Aging
The Right Number Of Calories
Vegetarians Live Longer
Weight Loss Effects Of Diary
Blood Pressure Control
Abdominal Fat And Stroke Risk
Approaches To Pressure Control
Blood Pressure Control
Sesame Oil And Blood Pressure
Silent Strokes And Alzheimer's
Warning Signs Of Stroke
Cancer Strategies
Exercise And Colon Cancer
Get Fit To Avoid Cancer
NSAIDs For Colon And Prostate
Protein Prevents Colon Cancer
Double Diabetes
Green Tea For Diabetes
How To Lessen Diabetes Risk
Pre-Diabetic Syndrome
Social Psychology
Anti-Social Behaviour And Health
Overcoming Winter Blues
Social Contacts & Health
Women's Issues
Kegel Exercises
Soy And Menopause
Sugar And Diabetes In Women
Toning The Thighs
Urinary Tract Infections
Women's Weight Management