US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — A sedentary lifestyle significantly increases the risk of death from cancer, scientists from the University of Texas found. It is reported by MedicalXpress.
For five years, specialists monitored the level of physical activity of more than eight thousand people over 45 years old. None of them had cancer at the beginning of the experiment. From 2009 to 2013, 268 of them died from cancer.
Volunteers with the lowest level of physical activity had a 82 percent higher risk of death from malignant neoplasms compared with participants with the most mobile lifestyle.
“This is the first study that definitely points to a direct link between lack of physical activity and death from cancer,” said lead author Susan Gilchrist.
She added that the longer a person leads a sedentary lifestyle until the appearance of malignant tumors, the greater the likelihood of a subsequent fatal outcome.
Scientists have found that if instead of sitting down at least 30 minutes a day is given moderate physical activity, such as cycling, the risk of death from cancer will decrease by 31 percent. With light loads, such as walking, this figure will decrease by eight percent.
“I tell my patients to think that they can stand at work for five minutes every hour or go upstairs instead of an elevator. It seems to be quite a bit, but this study says that even mild activity increases the chances of surviving the disease cancer, “Gilchrist emphasized.
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