Cancer Fact Friday

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Today’s fact comes from The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins

Physical activity levels tend to decrease after cancer diagnosis and treatment. Even though one may feel fatigued, regular light physical activity should be encouraged.

Regular activity may:

  • Improve appetite
  • Stimulate digestion
  • Prevent constipation
  • Maintain energy level
  • Muscle mass
  • Provide relaxation or stress reduction
  • Lower levels of anxiety

Increased levels of physical activity can improve overall quality of life. In choosing a level of activity, it is important to take into consideration the patient’s physical functioning and previous levels of activity.

Physical activity should be individualized, initiated slowly, and progress gradually. A nutrition and physical activity plan should be customized for each patient to help rebuild muscle strength and correct problems with anemia or any impaired organ functioning. Adequate food intake and physical activity are crucial to patients recovering from any treatment for pancreatic cancer.

It’s summer time so there are great opportunities to get out and get moving a bit even if it’s for a walk around the block. You can find creative ways to get moving when the weather is nice. Go to a free concert in the park and dance a bit, if you have a little one like me do some baby weight lifts or presses. Find any way to get you body in motion.

Tonight I will be moving along with a bunch of family and friends during a Line Dance and Game Night fundraising event at Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ. We will be dancing to contribute to the fight against Pancreatic Cancer! You can join the fight with us by click the link on the side. Check back for pics of the event.

Know the facts and pass it on😊. Thanks for visiting Learning Life.

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