Exercise machines to reduce body fat and help people lose weight are set to become commonplace in hospitals across Australia, with new research suggesting that a few hours of exercise each day could help prevent some cancers.
Key points:More than 30,000 people a year are admitted to the Melbourne Hospital and Regional Medical Centre for the treatment of cancer, with a huge number of people dyingThe research, which was funded by the Australian Cancer Society, found exercise and diet can be a powerful combinationIt is the first time researchers have linked exercise to a reduced risk of dying from cancer.
The research suggests exercise could reduce the risk of cancer in people with a low-grade form of the disease.
The results were published on Wednesday in the journal The Lancet.
Professor Richard Branson, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), led the research, based at the University of Queensland.
“People who are overweight are more likely to develop cancer, but the reason why is not completely understood,” he said.
“So, the question is what we can do to help them, to help their health and to make them feel more energetic.”
Professor Branson said a simple routine of 10 to 15 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise was more than sufficient to help people shed excess body fat.
“It doesn’t make them physically stronger but it does reduce their risk of developing cancer,” he explained.
“This may explain why people who are obese tend to develop some cancers but not others.”
A simple routine is going to be effective for reducing cancer risk in the short term but it’s not going to necessarily be effective in the long term.
“Professor Mark Bennett from the University at Adelaide said the research suggested exercise and the diet were effective at reducing the risk.”
There are a lot of people who have cancer that have had their tumours removed because they didn’t have enough exercise,” he told the ABC.”
And the other thing is that we can look at what kind of exercise they’re doing and it can help them to lose weight.
“In the study, researchers found people with low-Grade C cancer had a 50 per cent lower risk of death from the disease than people with high-grade cancer.”
That is a pretty remarkable result,” Professor Bennett said.
In the past, researchers have found that a small amount of exercise a day could reduce cancer risk.
In 2013, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the US found that moderate- and high-intensity aerobic exercise was as effective at preventing cancer as diet alone.
The Mayo study found that exercise and weight loss was associated with a reduced overall risk of overall cancer death, but that those who lost weight had a lower risk.
However, Professor Bennett says the research is not conclusive.”
You can’t really tell whether this is causal or not, but it is quite remarkable that exercise is associated with such a large reduction in cancer,” Professor Branson explained.
He said the findings of the Mayo study were important because it could be used to improve the quality of exercise and diets in hospitals.”
They could potentially be used in hospitals to help to improve people’s quality of life, so that they don’t have cancer or they can be treated properly,” he added.
Professor Bennett said he hoped the findings would lead to a shift in thinking about the benefits of exercise to prevent cancer.
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