Posted by: 2in10 | 01/15/2011

exercise important to cancer survival

Debra Stark, of Debra’s Natural Gourmet in Concord, Mass., sent an email recently that included an article by Grace Pintabona, RN, from her monthly “Ask Gracie” column.

Ask Gracie for January 2011: Exercise Is Now Considered a Critical Piece of Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients and survivors may soon be getting the same advice given to cardiac patients — regular exercise, tailored to the individual, is an important contributor to long-term health, including cancer survival.

Why? According to Gracie…”Exercise has a beneficial influence on insulin…improves bowel transit time…improves the circulation of immune cells in our blood…It has also been suggested that apoptosis (programmed cell death) is triggered by exercise, causing cancer cells to die.”

So as my favorite exercise coach says to our class, “Get off your butts, get outside, and get going,” if you possibily and safely can.

Carolyn

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