Monday, November 6, 2017

Strength exercise lowers cancer death risk

CANCER DIGEST – Nov. 6, 2017 – People who do push-ups and sit-ups, or other weight-based training have a 23 percent overall lower risk of dying prematurely and a 31 percent lower risk of dying from cancer, according to a new Australian study.
In the largest study to compare the mortality outcomes of different types of exercise researchers found the link between strength-based exercise and death due to different causes.
Lead author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney, Australia, said that while strength training has been given some attention for functional benefits as we age, little research has looked at its impact on mortality.

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, used population data from 80,306 adults combined from the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health survey, which are linked with the UK National Health Service Central Mortality Register.
"The study shows exercise that promotes muscular strength may be just as important for health as aerobic activities like jogging or cycling," said Stamatakis said in a press release. "And assuming our findings reflect cause and effect relationships, it may be even more vital when it comes to reducing risk of death from cancer."

The World Health Organization's Physical Activity Guidelines for adults recommend 150 minutes of aerobic activity, plus two days of muscle strengthening activities each week.

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