Research Shows Exercise and Plant-Based Diet Helps Cancer Survivors


Right now more than 15 million Americans are cancer survivors.  Ten years from now that number is expected to reach 20 million.  

Life after cancer can be difficult.  Many cancer survivors will tell you the worst part is worrying whether it will come back.  That’s problematic, because doctors tell us worry is stress, and stress kills.

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress.  That’s not its only benefit.  In fact, new research reveals exercise improves overall quality of life for those who are currently going through cancer treatment as well as people who are finished with it.  Exercise also improves athletic ability and overall mobility.  The research examines the results of both cardiovascular exercise as well as resistance training, such as weight lifting.

Currently, the guidelines regarding exercise post-cancer treatment are minimal and vague, simply suggesting a person should try to be active. However, this new research examining the benefits of exercise both during and after cancer treatment, could motivate health experts to change those guidelines.

Brian Focht directs the exercise and behavioral medicine lab at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He authored a study of prostate cancer patients and breast cancer patients.

Focht said, “Overall, resistance exercise, aerobic exercise — and even a combination of aerobic and resistance — resulted in improvement in fitness and quality of life and physical function,”  according to Newsmax.

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Lorie Johnson