Cancer is so widespread that anyone of any age can become a victim.
It’s the reality of the world today.
Because my parents passed away from cancer, I know the severe ravaging effect it can have during a short time.
My parents passed away within six months of their diagnosis, and I watched them deteriorate beyond my comprehension.
That’s what cancer does to you. But unfortunately, it doesn’t leave anyone with mercy or dignity.
As you can imagine, hospitals were my regular meeting place — especially with my mum. She passed away last year at home through our home palliative care efforts.
There is never a guarantee in life that you will, in fact, not suffer from a disease or perhaps be struck by cancer — but I refuse to believe that we are doomed for a fate such as this.
Perhaps we can negate the changes through a healthy lifestyle or have a much better chance of surviving a diagnosis.
I’d rather keep myself in good health to stand a fighting chance. I do hope that you feel the same way too.
That’s why I wanted to highlight how one activity can stall the growth of cancer cells and perhaps give one a better prognosis over the longer term.
Immune cells play a crucial role in protecting us from illness and disease.
A study expanded on the hypothesis that immune cells, cytotoxic T cells, — white blood cells which specialised in killing cancer cells respond to exercise.
Mice with cancer were divided into two groups — one that exercised regularly via the spinning wheel, while the other remained inactive.
This study showed that cancer growth had slowed down and morality decreased in trained mice than in the untrained ones.
Another part of this study examined Cytotoxic T cells by injecting antibodies that removed these T cells in both trained and untrained mice.
The antibodies abolished the positive effects of exercise in both cancer growth and survival. According to researchers, this demonstrates T cells’ significant role in exercise-induced cancer suppression.
Key Take Away
Although this study was conducted on mice, researchers did examine these metabolites in humans by taking blood samples of eight healthy men after 30 — minutes of cycling.
Researchers noticed the same training-induced metabolites released by humans as well.
Exercise is possibly one means for weight loss and maintenance — more than anything else.
But, it’s essential to realise that exercise can profoundly affect keeping diseases and cancer at arm’s length.
Exercise seems to trigger the production of several cancer-fighting immune cells that inhibit cancer growth.
It, therefore, really drives home just how important it is to become aware of how lifestyle impacts our immune system and that you, too, can change your health status through exercise.
As the research specified mainly a cardio exercise for the study (both mice and humans), any exercise will benefit you.
Of course, some level of intensity is also required, but not every day.
Remember, its’ the quality, not the quantity of exercise, that makes a lasting difference in your life.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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