Exercise Cuts Colon Cancer Risk

Exercise Cuts Colon Cancer Risk
Regular exercise promotes metabolic health and may prevent some types of cancer. The link between physical activity and reduced cancer risk is strongest for colon cancer. Researchers found that men and women who exercised for an hour every day for a year slashed their risk of colon polyps and colon cancer. Exercise may prevent colon cancer by lowering insulin levels. Insulin is one of the most anabolic (tissue-building) hormones in the body. Insulin triggers the movement of amino acids— the building blocks of proteins— into the cells and stimulates the genes to make new proteins. High insulin levels may promote the growth of colon cancer cells. High-sugar diets and obesity decrease the cells’ sensitivity to insulin. The pancreas reacts by increasing the release of even more insulin (the pancreas is located in the abdomen and produces important hormones such as insulin and glucagon). Blood insulin levels bathe all the body’s tissues, including the colon, which encourages cancer cell growth. Chronically high levels of insulin and insulin-like chemicals promote colon cancer cell growth. Reduce the risk of colon cancer by exercising more, losing body fat if you’re overweight and avoiding food high in simple sugars and saturated and trans fats. Changing your lifestyle may be the best way to prevent colon cancers and other degenerative diseases such as other cancers, heart disease and stroke. (Cancer Epidemiology, 15: 1588-1597, 2006)

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