Cardio Could Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk by 35%

By Nico Lagan
February 6, 2024
By Nico Lagan
February 6, 2024

Improving physical fitness with cardio may cut prostate cancer risk by 35%

I know that no men out there likes to do cardio, at least I don’t! But Swedish scientists are claiming that cardio could reduce prostate cancer by up to 35%!

Maybe that’s the motivation men need to finally jump on the hamster wheel!

It’s estimated that 35,00 American men die from prostate cancer every year, second only to lung cancer. The American Cancer Society also estimates that nearly 300,000 men develop the cancer every year.

”researchers from the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (GIH) sought to discover whether improvements in men’s fitness could offset the risk of developing the disease.

“This is the largest study to examine the relationships between change in CRF (cardiorespiratory fitness) and cancer incidence and mortality, and the first study to examine change in CRF specifically on prostate cancer incidence and mortality,” said Dr. Kate Bolam, a lead author from the Department of Physical Activity and Health at GIH.

“Improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness in adult men should be encouraged and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.””

”They analyzed data from a national occupational health profile in Sweden, containing information on physical activity, lifestyle, perceived health, measurements of body mass and height, and the results of at least two CRF tests.

The tests measured CRF performance in Zone 2 and the VO2 max of 57,652 Swedish men as they peddled on a stationary bike.

The participants were then divided into groups according to whether their fitness levels had changed, and followed them from the date of their last assessment to the date of their prostate cancer diagnosis, their death from any cause, or until 31 December 2019— whichever came first.

During an average period of nearly seven years, the researchers saw that 592 men—1% of the total sample—were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 46 died of their disease.

When the participants were grouped according to whether their cardiorespiratory fitness had increased, remained stable, or fallen, those whose fitness had improved by 3% or more a year were found to be 35% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those whose fitness had declined, after accounting for potentially influential factors.”

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