A recent study might be just the thing to motivate men to spend more time at the gym.
Researchers from the University of Vermont discovered that males who engage in fitness activities during their midlife may find themselves with less risk of dying from certain cancers beyond 65 years old. The study involved data from more than 14,000 males between 1971 and 2009. The comprehensive analysis revealed a 44 percent reduction in risk of drying from colorectal cancer, and a significant 55 percent decrease from lung cancer death.”These findings provide further support for the effectiveness of cardiorespiratory fitness assessment in preventive health care settings,” the authors said via a news release.
However, the study proponents were dumbfounded as to the effect of increased midlife fitness to prostate cancer mortality. Results showed that engaging in more activity during midlife was linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer. The researchers believe that one possible reason behind this surprising discovery was that men who keep an active lifestyle are more likely to subject themselves to medical diagnosis, which might have captured many cases of prostate cancer.
Still, the researchers believe there is much to learn about the circumstances and underlying factors involved in their study. “Future studies are required to determine the absolute level of cardiorespiratory fitness necessary to prevent site-specific cancer as well as evaluating the long-term effect of cancer diagnosis and mortality in women,” the researchers added.