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Fit Friday: Reducing prostate cancer death risk, diet's role in asthma, workout clothes
January 7th, 2011
03:33 PM ET

Fit Friday: Reducing prostate cancer death risk, diet's role in asthma, workout clothes

This year you've convinced yourself you're going to eat better, get healthier and all that.  Here's why you should stick to that.

Adding to the evidence about nutrition and fitness benefits,  one study found that men with prostate cancer who exercised more reduced their risk of dying from the disease.  Also, people who eat healthier have less risk of asthma and allergies, according to a review of existing research.

Plus, toning shoes have threaded the path to toning workout clothes, but there's some skepticism.

Exercise reduces prostate cancer deaths

Men who have prostate cancer benefit greatly by having just three hours of vigorous exercise a week, according to a study released this week.

WebMD reports how cancer patients who ran, biked, walked or did outdoor chores had 61% lower risk of prostate cancer deaths compared with men who exercised less than an hour a week.

The study conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and the University of California-San Francisco examined the records of 2,705 men over 18 years.

Companies roll out workout threads

Happy New Year.  Now, lose weight. And spend money.

Not only have NutriSystem, Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers revamped their programs.  Now sporting apparel makers Fila and Reebok are hawking workout clothes that purport to tone you and make you move more efficiently, according to the New York Times.

The Lycra gear is advertised to “achieve amazing in half the time” by adding resistance and enhancing blood circulation. It follows on the heels of toning shoes that promise to tighten and tuck jiggly behinds.

The Chart: Do these shoes make my butt look smaller?

Wearing such clothes may produce a placebo effect, physical therapist Sonja Mains told CBS New York.  “I haven’t seen any research that actually makes the muscle work harder when there’s just restrictive or tight clothing around it,” she said.

Could diet affect allergies and asthma

Your diet could affect risk of allergies or asthma, according to preliminary research from the United Kingdom.

Reuters Health reports that British researchers reviewed 62 recent studies that looked at diet and risk of allergy and asthma.

Zinc, vitamins A, D, and E, fruits and vegetables, appeared to have some protective benefits. In the review, several studies suggested that people with healthier diets had lower risks of asthma. Pregnant women who consumed vitamin D and E were also less likely to give birth to children who had signs of asthma.


soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Arc.Ballisum

    i want 2 know the courses of pile. i always gas out (mese) and how 2 treat dat.

    January 7, 2011 at 18:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ShantelHamiltonmont.tx

    Who cares???????

    January 7, 2011 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      Those that care are the 1 in 6 men who might get prostate cancer, the 32,000 that died each year from it and the hundreds of thousands of family members who lose someone to to prostate cancer. Does that answer your question?

      January 8, 2011 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
  3. Goldnruhl

    I guess I'm not in the 61%! I exercised, ate right and still at 51 got prostate cancer! Don't go by this advice readers entirely. Make sure to go the your doctor and let him give you the finger. It may save your life!

    January 8, 2011 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al

      The article did not say that working out and eating right would reduce your risk of prostate cancer. It said that if you do so when you have prostate cancer you will reduce your risk of dying from it.

      January 9, 2011 at 03:10 | Report abuse |
    • duffey

      How long ago were you treated and how are you doing now? I suspect you are doing Okay since you were already into watching for health issues. I presume you detected this cancer early when the survial rate is around 90%.

      January 10, 2011 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    I had prostate cancer. After the surgery I read and read everything a could about it trying to find out what I might have done to get it and what I could have done to not get it. The final conclusion I came to what what my urologist told me – my father had it and that in itself doubled my risk. However, there are more incidence of prostate cancer and breast cancer in colder climates; there is a low rate in Asian countries but when Asian men come to American over a period of decades their risk becomes the same as men born here and black males are at high risk. I came to the conclusion that there is a link with Vitamin D and a meat based diet as opposed to a vegetable diet.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Exactly

      Exactly.

      January 8, 2011 at 20:09 | Report abuse |
  5. roni

    @Bill..yes, I agree with you a plant based diet is definitely in order. "The China Study" is very good read relating to diet/nutrition and the increased health problems of societies that lean heavily on an animal based diet. Unfortunately, a plant based diet is not popular in our country and we know this is because of the "bedroom" relationship that exists between the food industry and medical organizations.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. duffey

    On the prostate issue. I would have to ask since these men who excersise generally take better care of health; are they picking up on the disease earlier???

    January 10, 2011 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ann smith

    The article provided information, but I thought that the last part of the article about pregnant women having better diets and getting enough vitamin D & E might have been placed at least in the middle of the article instead of tucked at the bottom. The paragraphs about workout clothes seems less important than the actual health information.

    January 10, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. treat prostate cancer naturally

    I totally agree with Al! Read the article carefully before making conclusions.

    January 13, 2011 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply

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