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HHS HealthBeat (February 10, 2011)

Actively living

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers think men with prostate cancer are more likely to live if they keep exercising vigorously. At the Harvard School of Public Health, Stacey Kenfield saw that in data on about 2,700 men over 18 years.

``Only vigorous exercise, such as biking, playing tennis, jogging and running, reduced prostate cancer-specific mortality, and this occurred at levels of 3 or more hours per week.’’ (9 seconds)

Kenfield also looked at whether exercise could reduce the risk of death from any other cause and found that vigorous as well as non-vigorous activity offered some protection. So she says vigorous activity can help against prostate cancer, and any type of activity can help against other things.

The study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011