Newswire (Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 12:10:00 PM CDT, Received: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 12:30:17 PM CDT)
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Local pharmacies can help to increase physical activity and improve health conditions for prostate cancer patients, a new study says.
After three months of performing moderate and vigorous exercise recommended by pharmacies, men with the deadly disease lost an average of more than 2 pounds and improved their overall wellbeing, according to findings published Wednesday in the
"Exercise and diet have been shown to reduce symptoms of prostate cancer treatment and lessen chances of cardiovascular disease,"
The study included 116 men who had been treated for prostate cancer and visited one of nine community pharmacies throughout southern
"We know that regular exercise and a healthy diet can help some men manage many of the side effects of prostate cancer treatments, as well as improving their mental health and wellbeing," said
To improve fitness outcomes for the men, teams at the pharmacies used a computer algorithm to help prescribe personalized lifestyle changes, such as exercise and dietary advice. To keep the men on track, the pharmacies called the men regularly to guide them through the process.
One 2018 study shows that intensive exercise has the potential to delay the effects of prostate cancer.
The results of the study suggest the intervention should be replicated.
"We are therefore pleased that this study shows that community pharmacies can support men with prostate cancer to improve their physical activity and cardiovascular health. We now need to determine how this improvement can be sustained over longer periods of time," Blake said.