Thursday, July 10, 2008

Active Lifestyle May Prevent Cancer: Japan Study

“Physically active people are less likely than sedentary types to develop cancer, a research group led by the Japanese health ministry announced on Thursday. Men in the most active group of people surveyed had 13 percent less risk of developing cancer compared with the least active group, and women in the most active group had a 16 percent lower risk than their sedentary counterparts. ‘There has been a lot of research done in the past on the relationship between leisure and development of cancer in the West,’ said Dr. Manami Inoue, section chief of the National Cancer Centre. ‘However, our research is the first in Japan of its size and scope -- we looked at overall exercise and labor, which is not only related to leisure.’ The trend was most noticeable among Japanese women, who were less likely to develop cancer if they were engaging in regular exercise and led an active lifestyle. The results of the study also showed the trend to be prevalent for colon, liver and pancreas cancer risks for men and the development of stomach cancer among women. Inoue said: ‘There are a lot of physical differences between Asians and our Western counterparts. Asians are usually leaner, with a lower BMI (Body Mass Index). Many contributing factors for cancer have been suggested ... our research showed that lack of general physical activity is one of such reasons.’”

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