As is the case for most tumors, the treatment for prostate cancer can take its toll on a patient’s health. However, according to new study, walking three hours every week can prove to be very good for the health.
Examining which types of exercises were most helpful to prostate cancer survivors, specialists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine managed to find the relationship between simple walking and improved health results.
The information was gathered from a massive research which looked at the health and behavior of 51,529 men from the health care industry. The study was conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and relied on data on respondents’ exercise routines, smoking habits, diets, doctor visits and more.
As part of the research, participants filled out health-related quality of life questionnaires, in which they gave details on sexual function issues, urinary and bowel problems, depression, fatigue, body weight and erectile dysfunction. Respondents also categorized cardio-related activities, like running, jogging, swimming, cycling, and playing sports. At last, the men offered data on the amount of time they spent walking each week, and also filled out if their walking pace was easy, average, brisk or very brisk.
For the latest research, scientists at Northwestern obtained the data on men who had move forward after a non-advanced stage of prostate cancer.
When checking for more high-intensity exercise and disruptive health factors, the doctors discovered these men were more likely to obtain a higher quality of life if they walked at a normal pace for at least three hours every week.
Walking was only shown to be beneficial to hormone-related symptoms like depression, fatigue and body weight. Walking did not appear to have any influence on urinary, bowel, or sexual functioning. The study was published recently in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.
“This study shows that you don’t have to engage in high-impact, vigorous activities to improve your quality of life after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Since many prostate cancer survivors might find vigorous activities hard to stick with, the good news is that simply focusing on walking more may be enough to make them feel better,” lead study author Siobhan Phillips, a kinesiologist at Northwestern Medicine, said in a news statement.
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