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Can Exercising Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer?
Can Exercising Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer?
17 Oct 2019

Many things can trigger your body into producing cancerous cells, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, there are some ways in which you can reduce your risk of cancer.

Here is what you need to know how exercising can decrease your risk of cancer.


It may lower your risk of cancer

Exercising may lower your risk of cancer as it keeps your weight in control. It can help regulate your blood pressure levels and reduce the chances of you having a heart attack.  According to research conducted by The American Cancer Society, exercising has been linked in lowering the risk of 13 people that had the highest physical activity were found to have lower rates of cancer of the oesophagus, kidney, colon, rectum, bladder, lung and breast cancer as well as two types of blood cancers. It reduced their risk by 7% to 38%. However, it should not be seen as something that can prevent cancer as it is still possible for physically fit people to get cancer.


Exercising and diet go hand in hand

You are what you eat. What you put into your body will impact the outcome of your health along with your weight. Being overweight can contribute to a range of health issues, especial cancer. According to Africa Check, 38% of South African’s were obese.  Having a poor diet can lead to health complications such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and high blood pressure to list a few.

Making the decision to switch to a healthier diet that is plant-based, rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits is a step in the right direction. It can also contribute to your exercising schedule by maintaining a good BMI ratio. You can also balance your diet with legumes like beans and lentils with a limited amount of processed meat. Avoid consuming heavy amounts of alcohol and refined sugars as this is one of the cancer risk factors.


Exercise your way to better health and savings

Being in control of your weight will not only benefit your quality of life, but it can also go a long way if you are planning on applying for life cover. One of the things that insurers look at is your Body Mass Index (BMI) to see if your weight will make you prone to certain diseases as you age. If you are not sure what your BMI is, you can use our BMI tool to help you calculate it. This can work in your favour by decreasing the premiums that you pay on your policy and give you extra peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are covered.

Starting small and slowly building your workout routine will help you establish a balanced lifestyle. Getting the whole family involved can also help you maintain your goal of staying fit and healthy.





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