Tomorrow’s Health: benefits of being fit & risks of drinking

Tomorrow's Health for December 10, 2019

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Women who exercise vigorously have a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, and other causes.

European researchers studying middle-aged and older women found the death rate from cardiovascular disease was nearly four times higher -- and cancer deaths doubled -- for women who did not exercise vigorously.

Alcohol & cancer

Even light to moderate drinking can increase the risk of developing cancer.

A study published online in Cancer shows a light level of drinking, one drink per day for 10 years, or two drinks per day for five years, increased cancer risk by 5 percent.

Cancer risk is the lowest when no alcohol is consumed.

Healthy body, healthy brain

A study from Northwestern University finds playing sports keeps the brain fit.

Researchers found uninjured athletes have healthier brains compared to non-athletes.

They say playing sports can tune the brain to focus better and lead to a healthier nervous system.

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