Another reason to exercise: To prevent esophageal cancer
The statistics: In 2013, 17,990 new cases of esophageal cancer were diagnosed in U.S. adults:
14,440 cases in men
3,550 cases in women
15,210 deaths (12,200 men and 2,990 women)
So what’s the good news? Exercisers seem to have a lower risk of developing esophageal cancer.
A recent presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology 78th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, reviewed several studies, and compiled research suggesting that regular exercisers had a 19% lower risk of developing this cancer, compared to inactive study participants. It is important to note this link between lowered risk of disease and exercise, since people need all kinds of motivation to “get moving.” Certainly weight loss and overall better health are both clearly associated with a regular exercise habit. This is another good motivator – reducing the risk of this specific cancer.
Quick tip: Triathletes feel “less pain” than casual exercisers. Experts theorize that they put their bodies through such extreme training and competitive exercises, that they develop pain tolerance!