Group Exercise, Better Diet Limit Side Effects of Hormone Therapy, Study Shows

Group Exercise, Better Diet Limit Side Effects of Hormone Therapy, Study Shows
Moderate exercise in a group setting and a healthier diet improved mobility and muscle strength, and reduced fat mass of prostate cancer patients on hormone therapy, an Ohio State University study found. The study, “Effects of a Group-Mediated Exercise and Dietary Intervention in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy: Results From the IDEA-P Trial,” appeared in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Androgen deprivation therapy has been increasingly used in prostate cancer patients. However, suppressing male hormones may lead to reduced strength and muscle mass. It also may cause patients to gain fat, increasing the risk of metabolic disorder, which precedes heart disease and diabetes. "We found that a comprehensive exercise and diet program in a group setting can make a difference for prostate cancer patients, and the difference was greater than I expected in a short period of time," Brian Focht, PhD, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of kinesiology at OSU, said in a press release. Scientists tested the effects of exercise in a group setting and a diet program in 32 prostate cancer patients, who exercised less than one hour a week in the six months prior to the study. Half the patients entered a 12-week personalized program with group exercise and nutrition counseling, while the other half received basic information on their diagnosis, and were given the opportunity for exercise education at the end of the study. Evaluations were conducted when men entered the study, and then at two and three months after the program. Three months after intervention, exercise and diet patients exhibited improvements in mobility, measured by walking and stair-climbing, and muscle strength, mea
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