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Friday, November 4, 2011

More Activity than Just Routine Exercise Required to Beat Cancer

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 7:17 PM Comments

Now-a-days, more people are likely to spend most their time sitting in a day. They either go for some exercise or take excuse for duration of work in their office. Many also find out time for regular exercise for sometime in  a day and spend rest of time idle before a computer or TV.
It is seen that mere routine exercise of 45 minutes or 1 hour per day may not be just sufficient to curb chance of catching cancer or other diseases related to sedentary lifestyle.

Remaining active for greater chunk of a day is the key to prevent many diseases like cancers of the breast, endometrium, ovaries, prostate and testes; hypertension and diabetes.
Many previous research has shown the relationship between physical inactivity and cancer. A 2002 study found that physical activity appears to lower levels of biologically available sex hormones, which could lead to decreased risk of hormone-related cancers, including cancers of the breast, endometrium, ovaries, prostate and testes.
The National Cancer Institute suggested that physical activity may lower levels of insulin, which in turn improves the body's immune response and prevents tumor development.
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Excessive insulin in the body may up-regulate insulin like growth factor (IGF) that facilitates tumor formation and suppress many pathways responsible for tumor suppression. Excessive sex hormones may initiate cancers like that of breast and ovary.
Even small works like switching/tuning TV manually without use of remote control, standing, walking up the stairs without using lift/elevators, reaching out to the colleagues in office and responding to phone calls in standing/walking can help.
Let us try to be active most of the time and not just be satisfied with the routine daily exercise to prevent many diseases.
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