Men with stronger muscles from
regular weight training are up to 40 percent less likely to die from cancer,
according to new research.
The findings suggest that muscular strength is as important as staying slim
and eating healthy when it comes to protecting your body against deadly
A team of experts tracked the lifestyles of over 8,500 men for more than two
decades. Each volunteer had regular medical check ups that included tests of
their muscular strength. The men who regularly worked out with weights and
had the highest muscle strength were between 30 percent and 40 percent less
likely to lose their life to a deadly tumor.
Even among volunteers who were overweight, regular weight training seemed to
have a protective effect, although the researchers stressed that keeping a
healthy weight was still crucial for avoiding premature death.
But they added, "In the light of these results, it is equally important to
maintain healthy muscular strength levels."