Those who exercise cut their risk of cancer associated with alcohol. Even if you’re a drinker, if you do the recommended amount of physical activity, you can slash the risk of death from alcohol-related cancer.
A study on 36,370 British patients found that those who did two and a half hours a week of exercise have cut their risk of death from a variety of conditions, including cancer associated with high alcohol intake.
The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. It was revealed that the mortality risk was lowered across conditions and even significantly diminished for those who did their share of exercise.
The authors noted that some of the damage done by alcohol can be undone by physical activity – and that’s good news for those who exercise regularly.
The study was created by academics in London, Canada, Australia and Norway. They looked at the health condition of women and men aged over forty.
The team of experts found that the mortality risk enhanced by alcohol intake was reduced in those who did physical activity for two hours and a half per week.
The optimum exercise rounds are five rounds of moderate exercise per week, totaling two and a half hours a week. The effect was noticeable mainly for cancer, but the overall effect for those who like to exercise was a generally better health then their couch potato counterparts.
The news has sparked awareness campaigns across pubs and bars, to encourage drinkers to do more sports.
A worrying fact is that as much as 61 percent did not achieve the 150 minutes target set for the week. And 27.5 percent of those studied did no exercise at all.
The authors point out that the weekly physical activity should be of moderate intensity and last for more than two and a half hours, for best results.
Drinking is proving to be an unsolvable problem throughout the developed world. Researchers recommend no more than 8 standard drinks for women and 12 standard drinks for men on a weekly basis. This maximum drink allowance is ignored so many times, causing untimely deaths and negative effects across society.
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