Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Stroll Your Way to Cutting Breast Cancer Risk

November 26, 2013

A study published online in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention reported that just 1 hour of gentle exercise per day can dramatically cut breast cancer risk in women over 50 – the age when they are most at risk.  If you are feeling more energetic,  women who did more vigorous activities got almost double the protection, cutting their risk of breast cancer by a quarter.

Scientists at the American Cancer Society studied 73,615 post-menopausal women, of whom 4,760 were diagnosed with breast cancer during a 17-year follow-up.  Among all women in the group, 47 per cent said walking was their only recreational activity. Of that group, those who walked at least seven hours a week had a 14 per cent lower risk of getting breast cancer compared to those who walked three hours or fewer every week.  The study also found that women who took part in more vigorous exercise for an hour each day had a 25 per cent lower risk of developing the disease than the least active.



Statins Can Undo the Benefits of Exercise

June 7, 2013

Exercise is a foundational strategy to naturally maintain healthy cholesterol levels and optimize your heart health. However, research now shows that if you take a statin drug, you’re likely to forfeit any and all health benefits of your exercise.

Volunteers taking a statin improved their fitness by just 1.5 percent, and some had reduced aerobic capacity at the end of a 12-week fitness program. Mitochondrial content activity also decreased by an average of 4.5 percent.

In comparison, unmedicated volunteers improved their aerobic fitness by more than 10 percent after the 12-week fitness program, and their mitochondrial content activity increased by 13 percent.

Statin drugs, which millions are taking as a form of “preventive medicine” to protect their heart health, can have detrimental effects on your heart.

See full article by Dr Mercola here.