Following up my previous entry revealing numerous health benefits of reverse running, I would like to tell you, my friends, about new benefits of physical activities and regular exercise for our health and wellbeing. According to the findings of a new study published recently in Cancer Research journal, such activities as brisk walking (or power walks) can not only help us shed pounds but also assist those men who were diagnosed prostate cancer keep their disease under control.
The specialists from University of California San Francisco came to these conclusions after long-term observations. They claim that about three hours of brisk walks every week can help modern men to lower the chances of having prostate cancer by almost 50%, and also prevent spreading of the cancer for the next couple of years. At that, the scientists say that these benefits of brisk walking can be enjoyed only by men with good health and non-smokers. The experts underline that only power walks allow receiving the mentioned effect.
During the study, 1,455 men aged below 60 with so called “localized” type of prostate cancer (non-aggressive or dormant type of cancer) were asked about their daily activities and the type of exercise they prefer to do in order to be fit. For the next two and a half year they were observed by the American specialists, and all major events like changes in the course of the disease, other tumor formation, death caused by prostate cancer, etc., were recorded and analyzed.
It turned out that those who used power walks up to three hours a week had lower chances to have these medical events. It was estimated that regular brisk walks can allow men to lower their risks of prostate cancer progression by as much as 43%. Erin Richman, one of the study leaders, says that brisk walking is one of the easiest types of exercise which can be used by men to improve their health. “The benefit from walking truly depended on how quickly you walked. Walking at an easy pace did not seem to have any benefit,” Richman comments.
Specialists attribute these amazing benefits of brisk walking to a decrease in certain protein levels in blood, and these proteins can be responsible for prostate cancer development. “Although this research will need to be repeated to make sure the results can be applied to all men with prostate cancer, we would certainly advise men diagnosed with prostate cancer to ensure that their lifestyle includes a good amount of physical activity – and walking is often the easiest way of achieving this,” says Dr Helen Rippon, one of the specialists at The Prostate Cancer Charity organization.