Fast running prevents prostate enlargement

Research in the field of epidemiology carried out by the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California showed that runners who run faster and longer distances have lower chances of developing prostate cancer.

Research

In the years of 1992-1993, researchers analysed the data of 30 thousand runners who did not show problems with their prostate. Next, between 1999-2002, the researchers focused on about 2000 runners who did have prostate-related health problems. They tried to make a link between the enlargement of the prostate and the runners’ personal track records, as well as the total amount of kilometres run.

Results

The data showed that men running faster than 4.5m/s had a 32% less chance for an enlarged prostate, than men who ran slower than 3m/s. Moreover, the data showed that the risk of experiencing prostate-related health problems is higher when we have a high amount of fat tissue in our body. Lastly, the researchers said, the data was also conclusive toward the fact that those men who were runners for longer, had a 33% less chance for a prostate-related disease.

Conclusion

This research shows that physical activity is an important element in preventing prostate cancer. Physical activity of as little as 30 minutes a day showed to be enough to effectively reduce the risk of prostate enlargement. The higher the physical exertion the better the organism is equipped to fighting against this type of cancer.

Source Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2008 10; 40 (10) 1733-9.

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