A new study of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center indicates that exercising during teen years significantly reduced the risk of cancer and all-cause mortality in women.
The study was conducted on 75,000 women from China, in the age group of 40 to 70. One limitation of the study is that exercise rates during teen years were self-reported. However, the participants were asked to evaluate how much they exercised in the period from 13 to 19 years old.
The study also looked at the women’s lifestyle habits during adulthood. The timeframe of the study spanned 13 years, during which 2,375 women died from cancer, while another 1,620 diagnosed with cardiovascular disease also died.
The results of the study indicated that the women who reported having exercised as teens for an approximate 80 minutes per week had 16 percent less chances to die from cancer and 15 percent less chances of all-cause mortality than less active peers during teen years.
“In women, adolescent exercise participation, regardless of adult exercise, was associated with reduced risk of cancer and all-cause mortality,”
stated Sarah J. Nechuta, assistant professor of medicine Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center of Nashville, Tennessee and author of the study.
The research is published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention journal.
Another finding indicated that women who continued exercising into adulthood presented a 20 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality than the women who never exercised. Regarding cardiovascular disease mortality, the women who exercised both as teens and during adulthood presented 17 percent lower risk.
As for dying from cancer, the risk was assessed to be 13 percent lower. The research noted that exercise on the long term wasn’t found benefit longevity in other manners. Overall, the women who did exercise as teens for approximately 80 minutes per week were found to have a 13 percent lower all-cause mortality risk.
“Our results support the importance of promoting exercise participation in adolescence to reduce mortality in later life and highlight the critical need for the initiation of disease prevention early in life,”
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