Not Getting Enough Exercise Ups Your Cancer Risk
Most People Don’t Know This: Not Getting Enough Exercise Ups Your Cancer Risk.
Medical Current recommendations suggest that people in the U.S. should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking fast or riding a bike each week to reduce their risk of cancer, but can that really reduce your tendency of cancer?
Well, according to a research, getting too little exercise is tied to an increased risk of cancer — but according to a new study, most people in the U.S. don’t know this. The findings are concerning, because people who are unaware of this link tend to be less motivated to engage in physical activity, said lead study author Erika Waters, an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
In the study, researchers found that only about 3 percent of adults surveyed were aware that low levels of physical activity could raise cancer risk, according to the findings, published (Aug.9) in the Journal of Health Communication.
The findings showed that about 66 percent of the adults in the study correctly identified that metabolic conditions, such as being overweight or having diabetes, were associated with getting too little exercise. In addition, 64 percent of the respondents correctly identified cardiovascular problems, and 11 percent identified musculoskeletal problems, such as back problems, osteoporosis or muscle loss. And 8 percent identified psychological complaints, such as depression or stress, as consequences of not getting enough exercise.
Physical activity can not only reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes and help a person lose weight, but it can also help reduce the risk of cancer and generally be beneficial for overall health, Waters told source.
It’s not entirely clear why people don’t make the connection between insufficient physical activity and an increased risk of cancer. Public health efforts have well-publicized the link between low levels of physical activity and heart disease, diabetes and excess weight, but little attention has focused on the risk of developing cancer, noting that the biological link between not getting enough exercise and developing cancer tends to be less obvious to people, Waters said.
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Adding that, there is substantial scientific evidence that higher levels of physical activity are associated with lower rates of specific cancers, including colon, breast and endometrial cancers, compared with those with low levels of physical activity, according to the National Cancer Institute.