June 13, 2012 / Michael M. Siegel, MD
Tired of hearing that getting regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy? If so, then I am sorry to say that you can’t escape it! A new study shows that people who have battled certain types of cancer had reduced mortality rates if they exercised. While additional research is needed to draw more certain conclusions, this study indicated that exercise may “result in beneficial changes in the circulating level of insulin, insulin-related pathways, inflammation, and, possibly, immunity.”
Of course, strenuous exercise may not be an option for many cancer survivors, but moderate, low-impact activity is recommended for most. In fact, the most common activity in this study was simple walking. This article in the New York Times has a more detailed analysis of the study, if you are interested in learning more.