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Exercise and Colon Health

Exercise and Colon Health

One of the risk factors of colon cancer is a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise creates a more efficient gastrointestinal system by increasing the amount of circulation and blood flow, which allows the colon to perform at an optimal level. Recent data from the American Cancer Society has found that too much sitting increases the risk of dying from the disease. Exercise can decrease this risk by 28 percent. A study done in 2009 found that people who exercised the most were 24 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than those who exercised the least. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University combined and analyzed data going as far back as 1984. The study suggests that if the American population became more physically active, up to 24 percent, fewer cases of colon cancer would occur each year (Source: ScienceDaily). The protective effect of exercise holds for all types of physical activity, whether it’s recreational, such as jogging, biking or swimming, or job related, such as walking, lifting or digging (Source: Natural News). This effect holds true for both men and women. The difference between people who were the most physically active and those who were the least varied. For example, a 2007 study by Kathleen Y. Wolin, a cancer prevention and control expert with the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, and colleagues, women who walked the most decreased their risk of colon cancer by 23 percent. The recommended amount of exercise a person should get in order to have an active lifestyle and prevent colon cancer is at least 30 minutes of activity, moderate to high intensity, at least five day a week.

posted on February 1, 2013 in news