Physical Activity May Prevent Developing Liver Cancer

A new study from the Australian National University Medical School at The Canberra Hospital finds a link between exercise and prevention of liver cancer.Physical Activity May Prevent Developing Liver Cancer

For the study, a team of researchers used a mice model. They genetically modified mice to increase their appetites which led to obesity and diabetes at a young age. The mice also received a low dose of a cancer-causing agent. All mice were divided into two groups.

One group of mice ran 40 kilometers per week in an exercise wheel, while the other group didn’t have such an opportunity. The sedentary mice quickly developed obesity. By the end of the trial, 64% of sedentary mice developed liver cancer compared to 15% of mice from the exercising group.

Lead investigator Geoffrey C. Farrell comments the results of the study: “Some population data suggest that persons who exercise regularly are less likely to develop liver cancer, but studies addressing whether this has a real biological basis and, if so, identifying the molecular mechanism that produces such a protective effect are few, and the findings have been inconclusive.”

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