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Researchers Say Exercise Can Help Patients With Cancer, Diabetes

Although many oncologists and patients themselves may think rest is best for battling cancer, new analysis suggests that those who incorporated exercise into their care plan reported significantly better quality of life, as well as improvements with peak oxygen consumption, fatigue and length of hospital stay. Another study finds that patients with diabetes should be given specific instructions -- or "prescriptions" -- regarding exercise.

Reuters: Exercise May Improve Quality Of Life For Some Cancer Patients
Exercise may help improve quality of life for some cancer patients during treatment as well as afterward, a new analysis of previous research suggests. Even though physical activity isn’t routinely prescribed as part of usual care for cancer patients, the analysis found a variety of activities such as walking, swimming, cycling and strength or stability training associated with better physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. (Rapaport, 12/8)

Reuters: Exercise Prescriptions Important For Type 2 Diabetes
Patients with type 2 diabetes should be given exercise “prescriptions” that specify the type, duration, intensity and frequency of workouts, adapted to the individual, according to a new review. Although exercise improves blood sugar control, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, most people with diabetes do not engage in regular exercise, the authors write. (Doyle, 12/8)

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