Working out for 30 minutes a day slashes risk of bowel cancer says new study
Do you exercise at least 30 minutes every day? If so, then you're cutting your risk of developing large polyps that can turn into bowel cancer by 30%. Looking at the link between exercise and the development of large polyps in 20 past reports, this study in the British Journal of Cancer by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis shows those who exercise regularly are 16% less likely to develop bowel polyps in the first place. Professor Kathleen Wolin who helped lead the research says, 'Exercise reduces insulin levels, enhances the immune system and as people who exercise often do so outside, they get vitamin D, which is also important for bowel cancer.'
ZEST says: Don't panic: not all polyps are cancerous. But bowel cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the UK, after breast cancer and more than 38,000 people are diagnosed each year. How can you prevent those polyps turning nasty? Apart from exercising, it's believed that you can also help reduce your risk by eating a balanced diet: that means packing in lots of antioxidant vitamins and minerals, calcium and cutting down on the amount of red meat and processed meat you eat can also significantly help.
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