Sarah J. Nechuta, MPH, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and her colleagues have uncovered some fantastic benefits of adolescent exercise.  Using data from a massive longitudinal study in China, Nechuta found that women who exercised 1.33 hours a week on average had a 16% lowered risk of cancer and a 15% lowered risk of death from all causes.

From Science Daily:

"In women, adolescent exercise participation, regardless of adult exercise, was associated with reduced risk of cancer and all-cause mortality. Our results support the importance of promoting exercise participation in adolescence to reduce mortality in later life and highlight the critical need for the initiation of disease prevention early in life."

-Sarah J. Nechuta, MPH,PhD

The researchers admittedly cannot account for a few sources of possible research error such as self-reporting error, population limitations, not enough details, and potential measurement error.  However, it is clear that exercise during adolescence has a profoundly healthy effect on adult life.

Read the whole article here.

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