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Strong muscles lower cancer risk

Researchers at the University of Alberta used body scan imaging to show that cancer patients with the least muscles lived an average of 10 months less than patients who were more muscular, even after controlling for other variables such as cancer stage and severity (Lancet Oncology, January 2009). This supports many other studies that show people who exercise have lower risk of some cancers and better survival rates.

A possible mechanism is that muscles are the source of the body’s protein which is necessary to make antibodies and cells to prevent cancer from occurring and spreading. Extremely low muscle mass is associated with a poor immunity.

Checked 9/10/10

August 26th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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