Research Claims Exercising Reduces Growth Of Colon Cancer


High intensity interval training (HIIT) even for shorter sessions can reduce number of colon cancer cells in the body.

A study was published in the Journal of Physiology on February 28, 2019, that claims exercise play a significant role in reducing the colon cancer cells present in the body. The research reinforces the idea having a healthy lifestyle by practicing short sessions of high intensity interval training.

A research was conducted in The University of Waterloo, Ontario and The University of Queensland, which involved patients with colorectal cancer. Some of them were asked to perform one session of HIIT while others were asked to take 12 session over a period of 4 weeks. Their blood was tested immediately after the HIIT and after 4 weeks of training with appropriate rest, respectively. The samples were further analyzed for the growth of colon cancer cells. Reports concluded that after intense HIIT, the inflammation increases immediately after the exercise and reduces the number of cancer cells in the patient.

The American Cancer Society predicts that there might be 100,000 cases of colon cancer in the 2019. Thereby, increasing the significance of exercise in daily routine. However, a major drawback to the technique is that the method used in modelling the colon cells is very different from the growth that takes place in the actual human body. This clearly states that further research is required to know more about how the human mechanism. The researchers are presently trying to study about how the growth changes take place in the body and understand its primary mechanism. Lead author of the research, James Devin concludes “We have shown that exercise may play a task in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells. After an acute bout of HIIT, there have been specific will increase in inflammation like a shot once exercise, that are hypothesized to be concerned in reducing the amount of cancer cells.”


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