September 25, 2023


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More Leisure Activity Reduces Risk of Obesity-related Cancers

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Moderate to vigorous leisure-time actual physical exercise minimizes the chance of all weight problems-linked cancers in contrast with light or no action in each typical bodyweight and over weight people, a modern evaluation suggests.

Increased degrees of actual physical exercise were being also linked with decreased challenges of numerous particular person cancers, like renal cell cancer and colon most cancers.

Nonetheless, the finest risk reduction occurred in folks with equally greater actual physical activity levels and lessen human body mass indexes (BMIs).

“Collectively, these results underscore the importance of [physical activity] in the avoidance of obesity-related most cancers irrespective of an individual’s body fat,” Ming Sun, Office of Scientific Sciences, Lund University, Sweden, and colleagues compose. Nonetheless, “the best danger reduction transpired in the presence of the two higher bodily exercise and normal bodyweight.”

The analyze was posted on the net April 1 in the Global Journal of Cancer.

Former investigation suggests that being bodily lively cuts down a person’s risk of sure obesity-linked cancers. But no matter if greater activity and decrease system body weight act collectively to reduce cancer continues to be unclear.

In the examine, investigators examined the impression of leisure-time physical activity on weight problems-linked cancers as effectively as the blended result of activity and BMI (< 25 and ≥ 25 kg/m2) on cancer risk in 570,021 individuals from five Scandinavian cohorts. On average, patients were followed for 20 years.

Participants reported the intensity of their leisure-time physical activities, selecting one of five categories on the frequency of exercising to increase their fitness or wellbeing — (1) never, (2) once in a while, (3) one to two times a week, (4) two to three times a week, and (5) more than three times a week —  as well as the minutes spent per week on 17 activities, each of which was assigned a metabolic equivalent of task (MET).

Overall, 19% of people engaged in moderate to high levels of physical activity, and about 54% had a BMI within the low-to-normal range. When combining factors, 11% of participants had low BMI and high physical activity, 8% had high BMI and physical activity, 38% had high BMI and low physical activity, and 43% had low BMI and physical activity.

The authors found that high levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a 7% lower risk of any obesity-related cancer compared with low physical activity. Similar associations were observed among participants with low BMIs (6%) and high BMIs (7%).

Higher physical activity was also associated with lower risks of specific cancers, including renal cell (11%) and colon cancer (9%).

When combining high physical activity and low BMI, the relative risk reduction for all obesity-related cancers became most pronounced — with a 24% lower risk compared to those with low physical activity and high BMI. The risk reduction associated with high physical activity and low BMI was most dramatic for endometrial cancer (47%), followed by renal cell cancer (39%), colon cancer (27%), multiple myeloma (23%), and pancreatic cancer (21%).

Although higher physical activity and low-to-normal weight together were associated with a reduced risk of cancer, the authors found no evidence of an interaction between these factors. In other words, high leisure-time physical activity and normal weight appeared to be individually associated with reduced obesity-related cancer risk.

Overall, the results “highlight the importance of physical activity in obesity-related cancer prevention,” the authors conclude.

The authors declared no conflicts of interest.

International Journal of Cancer. Published online April 1, 2022. Full text.

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