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Exercise helps to improve joint pain

JointPainAfter 12 months, the participants in an exercise study group experienced a 20 to 30 percent decrease in joint pain, in addition to other benefits, such as weight loss, and an increase in cardio-respiratory fitness. Participants receiving standard care reported a slight increase in pain. Both groups were part of a study on the effects of exercise in reducing joint pain among people who are prescribed aromatase inhibitors.

At the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Melinda L. Irwin, co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Yale Cancer Center (and a member of the Sunflower Wellness Medical Advisory Board), presented data from a randomized trial that investigated the impact of a year-long exercise program on women who were taking AIs and experiencing joint pain.

The most common side effect, experienced by about half of women taking an aromatase inhibitor (often for five years after breast cancer surgery or primary treatment), is arthralgia, a joint pain so persistent that it is reported to be the main reason women stop taking the drug.

Dr. Irwin also acknowledged that it has long been known that exercise is good for what ails people, yet, similar to the general population, more than 70 percent of cancer survivors are inactive.

Article by Jon Garinn, published Dec. 14, 2013 in CURE Magazine
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