Posted on Jun 22, 2016, 6 a.m.
Regular physical activity – particularly, team sports – in adolescence may reduce future risks of death from cancer and other causes, among women.
There is clear and abundant evidence regarding the health-promoting effects of regular exercise. Wei Zheng, from Vanderbilt School of Medicine (Tennessee, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 74,941 Chinese women, ages 40 to 70 years, enrolled in the Shanghai Women’s Health Study. The subjects were interviewed about lifestyle factors and how much they exercised during their teens, and researchers tracked incidence of deaths during 13 years of follow-up. After adjusting for confounding factors, data analysis revealed that those women who exercised in their teens and as adults were at 20% lower risk of death from all causes, as compared to other women. Further, those women who participated in team sports in their teen years were at 10% reduced risk of death from all causes. Observing that:” Adolescent exercise participation, independent of adult exercise, was associated with reduced risk of cancer, [cardiovascular disease], and all-cause mortality,” the study authors write that: “Results support promotion of exercise in adolescence to reduce mortality in later life.”
Nechuta SJ, Shu XO, Yang G, Cai H, Gao YT, Li HL, Xiang YB, Zheng W. “Adolescent Exercise in Association with Mortality from All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer among Middle-Aged and Older Chinese Women.” Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Jul 31.