Don’t forget to exercise!

There’s nothing particularly new to learn from this blog post … but … yet another study has shown how moderate to serious regular exercise can help men initially diagnosed with localized prostate cancer to survive long-term after their diagnosis.

According to a report on the HealthDay web site, a group of researchers from the American Cancer Society reported data yesterday (i.e., this Monday) at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The study by Wang and colleagues was based on data from > 10,000 men, all aged between 50 and 93, who were diagnosed between 1992 and 2011 with localized prostate cancer. The basic results of the study showed that:

  • Men with the highest levels of exercise before their diagnosis were 30 percent less likely to die of their prostate cancer than those who exercised the least.
  • Men with the highest levels of exercise after diagnosis were 34 percent less likely to die of prostate cancer than those who did the least exercise.
  • Among men for whom walking was the only form of exercise used,
    • Men who walked for 4 to 6 hours a week before diagnosis were 33 percent less likely to die of prostate cancer, but …
    • Men who walked only after a diagnosis had no statistically significant lower risk of death.

According to Dr. Wang, the data from this study can’t be used to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, but

… our results support evidence that prostate cancer survivors should adhere to physical activity guidelines, and suggest that physicians should consider promoting a physically active lifestyle to their prostate cancer patients.

Dr. Wang went on to note that

The American Cancer Society recommends adults engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week

and that

… these results indicate that following these guidelines might be associated with better prognosis.

Time to put out that cigarette, put down the beer, and get off of the couch guys! As we have pointed out multiple times before, regular exercise is GOOD!

One Response

  1. Good result! I walk a lot now, and did so before diagnosis. I never liked the peculiarly American fitness rage, with its personal trainers, gyms with hi-tech gizmos, and outrageous prices. Alas, this nonsense invaded Europe about 10 years ago, with that “wellness” and “positive psychology” tripe, wafted over here (Sweden now), to get folks off reliance on (horribile dictu) public health services.

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