Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Exercising and Cancer. A guest post.

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I am very excited to share an excellent article with you on the value of exercise for cancer prevention and treatment. I have a dear friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 30 years old and pregnant with her 2nd child. When Melanie contacted me about this article I was delighted to share it here. Just more proof of the value of exercise.

"Exercise to Improve Prognosis of Cancer Patients
by Melanie Bowen
Exercise is an essential part of any cancer treatment program. When cancer patients exercise, the immune system grows stronger, and it helps patients fight cancer. Exercise is recommended to improve the prognosis of patients and is excellent in reducing the risk of cancer recurrence. Here are some of the other benefits of cancer.
Exercise Renews Energy Balance
Exercise helps to renew energy balance in the body. Many cancer patients are fatigued from treatments and the wear-and-tear on the body’s immune system. Cancer can deteriorate the immune system and cause free radicals to be released in the body. If the patient is malnourished and anorexic from a decreased appetite, the patient may feel fatigue. Decreased B complex vitamins and iron will cause cancer patients to become fatigued.
Many patients may also become anemic with cancer. Though exercise is difficult with anemia, patients must exercise when they can to boost their energy levels. Some recommendations include walking for three to five hours per week to improve energy balance.
Exercise Increases Survival Rates in Cancer Patients
Research indicates that patients who exercise are more likely to survive than those who are sedentary. Exercise can help to ward off other conditions related to cancer including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Insulin and lepitin levels are regulated with exercise.
Exercise Will Improve the Mental Health of Cancer Patients
Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins improve mood and the mental health of patients. Cancer patients report that they feel better after exercise, and their outlook on life improves also. When cancer patients feel better, they heal faster because cancer-causing hormones are not released, and they are more receptive to treatments.
Exercise Improves the Health of Vulnerable Populations
When vulnerable populations exercise, the risk of cancer is reduced dramatically. The most common vulnerable populations that show improvement with exercise include rural communities, obese people, African American women, working poor populations, and cancer survivors. Exercise combined with healthy eating will decrease the likelihood of cancer cells spreading.
Exercise To Improve a Cancer Regimen
Exercise should be integrated into any cancer regimen. People should determine how much they can exercise for their specific condition, whether it is breast cancer or mesothelioma. Consult with a doctor to devise your exercise regimen. Add exercise to your regimen to heal faster and prevent further growth of cancer cells in the body. "

You can find out more about the author, Melanie Bowen and her work at The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

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