Cancer Survivors Who Walk More Live Longer
New research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute discovered valuable information on behalf of 14 million American cancer survivors. Decreasing the risk of their cancer’s re-occurrence and risk of premature death may be as simple as taking a regular walk. The challenge for many however is finding the time to exercise while trying to rebuild their health and their lives. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk offers a solution to keep people moving.
Scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) examined the link between exercise and cancer survival during the past sixty years. Honing in on 45 studies ranging from prostate, breast, ovarian, brain and colorectal cancers yielded the discovery that physical activity such as walking “decreased the risk of cancer related mortality and of all-cause mortality,” stated lead NCI researcher Dr. Ballard-Barbash.
The researchers found that exercise improved insulin levels, reduced inflammation and increased the production of immune cells believed to attack tumors. Exercise also decreased the odds that a cancer survivor would succumb prematurely to other chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke or diabetes. It was also found that exercise reduced the incidence of fatigue among cancer survivors.
The study authors were quick to point out that exercise need not be vigorous to be effective. “In our review, the most common activity was walking, which happens to be an activity that is within the scope of almost everyone,” concluded Dr. Ballard-Barbash.
The sedentary nature of work and home environments has made it challenging for many to find time to fit in enough walking to remain healthy. The average American now walks less than half of the recommended 10,000 steps advised by the Surgeon General to maintain minimum levels of health. TrekDesk treadmill desks were designed to overcome this challenge.