A study published in JAMA Oncology found that women with low muscle mass were significantly less likely to survive Stage 2 or 3 breast cancer.
The study looked at women who lacked muscle and women who had a healthy muscle mass when they were diagnosed with Stage 2 and 3 breast cancer. As a National Institutes of Health (NIH) website describes, many types of cancer can lead to loss of muscle through mechanisms that are not yet clear. Stage 2 or 3 breast cancer is cancer that is growing but still has not spread to parts of the body distant from the breast.
The Kaiser Permanente, the University of Alberta, Canada, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute conducted the study.
According to Forbes Health, they reviewed the records of 3241 women who were initially diagnosed at Kaiser Permanente of Northern California or Dana Farber Cancer Institute sometime from January 2000 to December 2013. All had received CT (computerized tomography) scans of their abdomens around the time of their breast cancer diagnoses that then allowed the researchers to determine if they had sarcopenia and estimate the amount of fat in their bodies.
They found that having less muscle and more fat was bad. Their significant findings were:
- (34%) had sarcopenia on their first CT
-Those who had sarcopenia were 41% more likely to have subsequently died than those who did not.
-Those who were in the top third in amount of fat were 35% more likely to have died than those who were in the lowest third.
-Patients with both sarcopenia and a high amount of fat in the body were 89% more likely to have died.
Incorporating muscle building exercises can improve your quality of life and in this case prevent cancer from deteriorating your body.
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