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Published on January 29th, 2014 | by ScientiFIT


Yet Another Health Benefit of Yoga: This Time for Cancer Survivors

Great new study, well-conducted, with control groups, and a large sample size, shows the health benefits of yoga practice in cancer survivors.

Lay out the quick background:

  • Cancer survivors often report fatigue
  • Cancer treatment, which is often harsh, decreases physical activity
  • Lack of physical activity increases inflammation
  • Increase in inflammation has been linked to fatigue
  • Therefore, increase in inflammation may be responsible for the fatigue experienced by cancer survivors

Tell me what the study asked:

Does practice of yoga decrease inflammation in cancer survivors and improve their mood?

Explain how this study was conducted:

  • 200 early and late stage breast cancer survivors (all female)
  • 27 to 76 years old
  • At least 2 months following their final treatment
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Practiced for 90-minutes, twice per week
  • For 3 months
  • Excellent control condition: Wait-listed individuals and asked them to refrain from any yoga practice

I trust that you guys at ScientiFIT have evaluated the data…give me the punchline:

  • Significantly less inflammation and less fatigue in yoga practitioners compared to control group who did not practice yoga
  • Depression levels, however, were not different between the 2 groups

Give me the take home message:

  • Yoga can reduce inflammation in cancer patients and may be an excellent way to reduce fatigue and lack of activity in that population

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