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Exercise in Adolescence May Reduce Adult Cancer Risk

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  • Women with a history of exercising 1.3 hours per week during their teen years had a 16 percent lower risk of dying from cancer, and a 15 percent lower all-cause mortality risk
  • Earlier research found that strenuous activity at age 12 was associated with a reduced risk for breast cancer during pre- and post-menopause
  • Exercise is also potent preventive medicine in the fight against dementia. People who had greater cardiorespiratory fitness in their teens and 20’s scored better on cognitive tests in their mid-40’s and 50’s

By Dr. Mercola

While focusing on the immediate benefits of exercise is typically more motivating than the potential long-term benefits, there’s no doubt that staying active throughout life can pay dividends far into the future.


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