Stand Up for Good Health

Posted on January 18th, 2012, by iMinerva

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ABC news has been doing an interesting series with Bill Weir on preventing disease.  One of the interesting points that has been raised is the importance of moving and the role activity plays in warding off cancer.

The same topic was covered by ABC last November when the American Institute for Cancer Research meeting presented research highlighting the importance of less time spent sitting  versus a work-out at the gym.  Even the gym enthusiast may be living a sedentary lifestyle with an average of 15.5 hours a day spent sitting – at the computer, in the car, in front of the TV.

The ABC report quoted Dr. Neville Owen of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia:  “‘When you’re sitting, the big muscles, especially in the lower part of body, are completely unloaded.  They’re not doing their job,’ Owen said.  ‘That inactivity prompts changes in the body’s metabolism and produces a number of biological signals, what scientists call biomarkers, which are linked to cancer.'”

The ABC report also cited Joan Vernikos, former director of life sciences at NASA who said, “‘It’s not how long you stay standing, but how often you stand up, how often you challenge your body to respond.'”  Vernikos is also the author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals.

Bill Weir’s ABC News report, “Close to My Heart: The Assignment That Saved My Life,” continues on Nightline and the series End of Illness can be followed online at ABC News Health.

Featured in Weir’s report is Dr. David Agus,  Director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, co-founder of Navigenics, and an expert in the field of applied proteomics and genomics for the study of cancer, along with a long list of other credentials as well as being the author of the just-released book, The End of Illness.  Dr. Agus provides a compelling  new look at preventive medicine and future possibilities in the treatment of cancer.

Now that you’ve finished reading this, get up and go get a glass of cold water.  It’s refreshing and the walk is good for you.

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