Walking Found to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer in Women
Summary: It appears that the thousands of nationwide walks to raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer have a residual health effect: they can help reduce the risk of breast cancer of the participants.
New research published this month in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention by the American Association for Cancer Research (http://tinyurl.com/o83trra) found walking just one hour per day lowered the risk of breast cancer in post menopausal women by 14% compared to less frequent walking counterparts. The study suggests that even more walking would have a greater beneficial effect on health. The challenge in an ever-growing sedentary society is finding ways to encourage more walking activity. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk offers a unique solution to the problem.
The study’s senior author Alpa Patel, a senior epidemiologist at AACS in Atlanta stressed the significance of the findings, "Just going for a one-hour walk a day could have a significant impact on lowering your risk. The exciting piece about this is that you don't need to be a marathon runner to lower your risk of breast cancer," Alpa Patel, the study's senior author, said.
The study evaluated 74,000 women between the ages of 50 and 74 from 1992 through 2007. They found significant reductions in breast cancer risk based upon reported levels of physical activity. While the authors were careful to point out the study in itself does not prove that walking prevented cancers they were emphatic that walking was tied to a reduced breast cancer risk even among participants who were overweight or taking hormone replacement therapy. The scientists theorize that walking has a positive impact on a woman’s hormones, weight, insulin resistance and a variety of other health factors.
“We are working with scientists all over the country that are trying to educate the medical profession that new health indicators must be monitored by physicians that measure the amount of walking and sedentary time in their patients day to day lives specifically for the reasons found in this study,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk and founder of the Movement Revolution in America.
“Walking has a tremendous health impact on every major disease afflicting our nation today including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The more sedentary we become the sicker we progress as a nation and we have to reverse these trends now.”
TrekDesk Treadmill Desk offers a unique solution allowing employees to stay in motion during the day while they work. Walking the Surgeon General’s minimally recommended daily amount of 10,000 steps per day can be accomplished in 3-4 hours while attending to normal sedentary office duties however many TrekDesk users remain in motion throughout the entire day.
“What TrekDesk users find out very quickly is that their body craves movement and staying in motion throughout the day leads to a more energized, happy employee by the end of the work day,” Bordley added.