Health experts and doctors always recommend exercise for all, owing to its tremendous health benefits. A new study has found another significant benefit of exercise.
The researchers who conducted the new study found remarkable benefits of exercise in cutting the risk of developing breast cancer, one of the most dangerous threats to women health.
According to the researchers, a modest amount of exercise can reduce the breast cancer risk by about 10 percent in those women who have past childbearing age.
Modest amount of exercise may include 3-4 hours per week of brisk walking, 1-2 hours a week of cycling or engaging in intensive physical activity.
Researchers observe that if exercise came in the form of pills, it would have done wonders in reducing breast cancer risk.
According to the researchers, those women who engaged themselves in modest level of physical activity for over the last four years, were found to be less likely develop malignancy or tumor in their breasts.
Regular physical activity is powerful and like a pill they also need to taken regularly and in proper dose as high intake is not always a good idea.
For the study, the researchers involved 59,308 French postmenopausal women- most of them teachers – between age group 43 and 78. They participated in 1993 detailed surveys about their health and health behaviors. They continued to answer these health surveys on every four years until 2005.
The surveys included factors that provide investigators with an idea of the participants’ time spent in physical activity. Questions that were asked included: the average time spent on walking, cycling or engaging in sports during a two-week period in the summer and winter.
- Around 69 percent participants reported weight gain by over 2.2 pounds in two to three years.
- Positive effects of exercise was seen regardless of weight gain
The latest findings were concluded from the French component of the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition.