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New study proves HIIT helps in killing colon cancer cells

New study proves exercising helps in killing colon cancer cells

A new study suggests that a short session of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) reduces the growth of colon cancer cells. The new study was conducted by a joint collaborative team from the University of Queensland and the University of Waterloo.

The positive role that exercises plays to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells has also been published in The Journal of Physiology. The focus on the positive changes in the human body due to the longer period of training has been there for a long time. The study suggests that repeated exposure to the acute effects of exercise on our body may help fight against this specific type of cancer. Short, high energy bursts involved in a single session of HIIT are important for our body, says the research.

James Devin, lead author said, “We have shown that exercise may play a role in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells. After an acute bout of HIIT, there were specific increases in inflammation immediately after exercise, which are hypothesised to be involved in reducing the number of cancer cells,” regarding the study.

A physically active lifestyle is important to tackle human colorectal tumours, suggest the researchers. The study recorded the responses and physical conditions of colorectal cancer survivors who practised either a single session of HIIT or 12 sessions over 4 weeks. The growth of colon cells was then studied from the collected blood samples of these people.

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