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Coffee and Exercise: Magic Mixture to Fight Cancer

Coffee and Exercise: Magic Mixture to Fight Cancer

(ePharmaNews) - One cup of coffee and a few minutes of exercise are capable of protecting you from skin cancer. A recent American study confirmed that consumption of caffeine as well as doing some exercises may be able to limit skin cancer caused by excessive exposure to sunlight.

Although several previous studies had demonstrated the ability of caffeine and aerobic exercises separately to reduce the risk of skin cancer, the goal of the researchers at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in Piscataway was to assess the combined impact of both factors on mice with high risk of skin cancer.

The researchers exposed mice to high doses of ultraviolet radiation which is known to cause skin cancer. Then, they gave a group of these mice a liquid that contains caffeine, placed the second group in cages with exercise wheels, brought both to the third group, and monitored the fourth group as controls.

After 14 weeks of observation, the researchers noted a decline by 62% of skin cancer among the rats that took doses of caffeine and practiced on the wheel, in addition to a reduction in the size of those tumors by 85% compared with the group that did get neither caffeine nor exercises.

However, the mice that received caffeine (without wheel) had a reduced risk of skin cancer by 27%, while it reached 35% in mice that exercised only.
"We found that this combination treatment can decrease sunlight-caused skin cancer formation in a mouse model," said Yao-Ping Lu, one of the researchers.
"I believe we may extrapolate these findings to humans and anticipate that we would benefit from these combination treatments as well," Lu added.

Finally it must be noted that this study - which presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Chicago - has also revealed that the integration of caffeine intake with exercise has led to a reduced level of fat in mice, and thus lowered the levels of inflammatory markers with a rate of more than ninety percent. Such reduction may be the mechanism behind the reduced risk of skin cancer, the researchers concluded.

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Prepared by: Mohammed Kanjo
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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