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Regular exercise can reduce the risk and symptoms of more than 20 physical and mental health conditions, and can also slow down how quickly your body ages.
A review of research, which summarized the findings of 40 papers published between 2006 and 2010, found that exercise affects conditions including cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and high blood pressure.
Science Daily reports:
“… [A]part from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice any individual can make to improve their health.”
A separate study also found that women who exercise for 150 minutes a week or more could be reducing their risk of endometrial cancer, whether or not they are overweight.
Researchers examined data collected from a case-control study that included almost 700 women with endometrial cancer and compared them to a similar number of age-matched control women. Those who exercised for 150 minutes a week or more had a 34 percent reduced risk of endometrial cancer.
“This association was more pronounced among active women with a body mass index (BMI) less than 25, or underweight women, where the reduction in risk was 73 percent compared with inactive women with a BMI more than 25, or what is commonly considered overweight.
Although BMI showed a strong association with endometrial cancer, even women who were overweight, but still active, had a 52 percent lower risk.”
Science Daily November 16, 2010
International Journal of Clinical Practice December 2010; 64(13):1731-4
Newswise November 12, 2010
Posted by: Dr. Mercola | December 09 2010
- Exercise May Cut Endometrial Cancer Risk (webmd.com)
- Exercise may reduce risk of endometrial cancer (eurekalert.org)
- Exercise Lowers Risk of Getting a Uterine Cancer (livescience.com)
- Exercise could cut endometrial cancer risk (msnbc.msn.com)
- Exercise could cut endometrial cancer risk: study (ctv.ca)
- Endometrial cancer – All Information (umm.edu)
- Vitamin D protects against obesity-induced endometrial cancer, GUMC researchers say (eurekalert.org)
- Exercise Could Cut Womb Cancer Risk By 30 Percent (huffingtonpost.com)
- Exercise could cut womb cancer risk by 30 percent (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Exercise Could Cut Female Cancer Risk (aolhealth.com)