We often think that cancer is the direct result of having bad habits such as smoking or drinking too much. While this is true to a certain degree, a new study has found that simply being a couch potato increases your risk of kidney and bladder cancer, regardless of whether or not you are obese.
It can be hard to stay active during our busy lives, with inactivity only increasing as we get older. A lack of physical activity is known to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other conditions, but most people don’t know that it increases cancer risk.
The researchers of this study hope their findings will help motivate inactive people to engage in some form of physical activity throughout their lives.
The study in question included 160 kidney cancer patients, 208 bladder cancer patients, and 766 people that displayed no signs of cancer at all. According to the researchers, the cancer risks were similar whether or not these people were obese.
It was found that a lifetime of recreational activity was associated with a 73 percent increase risk of bladder cancer and a 77 percent increase of kidney cancer.
These findings suggest that inactivity may be a significant factor for cancer development.
The researchers go on to say that this study stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle that incorporates getting exercise and staying active.
Current recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests getting 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. This is a habit that generates significant lasting health benefits.