Thanks to a Dr. Weil article and a Ballard Street comic from Jerry Van Amerongen – this wellness coach asks you (and your female acquaintances) – is this a fitness wakeup call?
Dr. Weill’s article (ref: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/WBL02352/Surprising-Reason-Why-Women-Live-Longer.html#three) is quoted for a wake-up call for 50-something fitness:
“Fit at 50 Cuts Cancer Risk for Men
Men who demonstrated a high level of physical fitness on a treadmill test at age 50 were much less likely to have developed lung or colorectal cancer 20 years later – and if they did get one of these diseases, they were less likely to die of it than men who were least fit at 50. Not surprisingly, the men who were most fit also had a lower risk of dying of cardiovascular disease later in life. Cardiologist Susan Lakoski,M.D., of the University of Vermont and her team tracked more than 17,000 men who took the treadmill tests at age 50. She followed up on their health status more than 20 years later, using Medicare data to see which ones had died or developed lung, colorectal or prostate cancer. The researchers determined that weight was not the issue. Even thin men were observed to have an increased risk of lung and colorectal cancer if they weren’t fit. Fitness was determined by the men’s maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) on the treadmill. There were no significant differences in the prostate cancer risk between the most fit and the least fit men.”
I note, and say hmmm to the non-result for prostate cancer, yet I as a Vermonter won’t challenge a University of Vermont study.