Can Exercise Reduce Your Cancer Risk?

Can Exercise Reduce Your Cancer Risk?

Most of us don’t like to exercise. I am an exception, but I realize that most people do not want to exercise.

Maybe the statement below by Dr. Christine Horner, a board certified general  and plastic surgeon,  will motivate many to see exercise can be used like a Drug that can have very specific beneficial effects on the body. If  we knew a drug specifically could reduce our cancer risk, without side effects, don’t you think everyone would take it?

If you are like most people, when you think of reducing your risk of cancer, exercise doesn’t immediately come to mind. However, there is some fairly compelling evidence that exercise can slash your risk of cancer risk. One of the primary ways exercise lowers your risk for cancer is by reducing elevated insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. Additionally, exercise improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood. Your immune system is your first line of defense against everything from minor illnesses like a cold right up to devastating, life-threatening diseases like cancer.

SOURCE – Dr. Christine Horner, a board certified general  and plastic surgeon

Exercise helps to reduce belly fat (obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancer), increase oxygen levels, lower blood sugar and insulin levels, elevate immune response, detoxify the body, balance sex hormones like estrogen, reduce inflammation, improve digestion and elimination, and reduce stress.Many studies have shown that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and endometrial cancer.