Weight training cuts cancer risk by up to 40 per cent

May 24, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In recent years, we have all heard the advice of a healthy diet, daily aerobic exercise and a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risks of the disease. But a new study  led by scientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, and published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, suggests it may be just as important to build up muscle strength.

The study tracked the lifestyles of 8,677 men aged between 20 and 82 for more than two decades. Between 1980 and 2003, each volunteer had regular medical check ups that included tests of their muscular strength to see how many developed cancer and subsequently died from it.

The results showed men who regularly worked out with weights and had the highest muscle strength were between 30 and 40 per cent less likely to lose their life to a deadly tumor. Even among volunteers who had excess tummy fat or a high body mass index, regular weight training seemed to have a protective effect. In a report on their findings the researchers did stress however that keeping a healthy weight was still crucial for avoiding premature death.

But they added: “In the light of these results, it is equally important t to maintain healthy muscular strength levels.

“It’s possible to reduce cancer mortality rates in men by promoting resistance training involving the major muscle groups at least two days a week.”

The studt just adds to the many benefits of weight training for older adults including:
• An increase in bone density
• An increase in muscle size
• An increase in basal metabolic rate
• A decrease in body fat
• A decrease in diabetes risk factors and
symptoms

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