Tags:From the Raleigh News and Observer:
In a small, windowless room in the heart of Duke Medical Center, two researchers pushed Jon Kuczynski to the point of exhaustion. ...Read the full article
The overweight, 57-year-old landscape architect was wired on a recent morning with 12 contacts for an EKG machine. He wore an awkward mask and mouthpiece to measure his oxygen consumption. Even though he had recently had his cancerous prostate removed, he went at it gamely on the treadmill.
Kuczynski was getting a preliminary dose of what researchers are coming to believe is the closest possible thing to a wonder drug: exercise.
Kuczynski had volunteered for a study to help determine whether exercise might mitigate treatment side effects for prostate cancer patients. The researchers needed him to go until he couldn't go any more to measure his beginning fitness. ...
More and more, researchers are finding that potential may be hard-wired right into our bodies. From their lanky limbs right down to their DNA, after all, people were designed to move, vigorously and often. ...
Regular exercise has recently been shown to sharply reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. Those who exercise may cut the risk of getting colon cancer by nearly one quarter, and those who do get it may cut the chance of the recurrence by more than 50 percent. Recurrence among breast cancer survivors may drop by half when they exercise and follow a healthy diet. ...