Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Physically Active Women Reduce Chances of Dying From Cancer

“Women who are physically fit reduce their chances of dying from breast cancer, say researchers at the University of South Carolina. The authors of the study, published in the April issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, recruited more than 14 000 women from 20-83 years of age who had no previous history of breast cancer. ‘We believe this is the first study to evaluate the association of objectively measured fitness and risk of dying from breast cancer’, said Steve Blair, PED, an Arnold School of Public Health researcher. Researchers found that those who engaged in moderate-to-high aerobic activity were less likely to die from breast cancer. In addition, women with high aerobic fitness had lower body mass index, better cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and fewer chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One alarming finding from the study was that women who fell into the lowest fitness category were nearly 3 times more likely to die from breast cancer than women in the highest fitness level.”


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