ISLAMABAD: Making simple changes to lifestyle – maintaining a healthy diet and exercising frequently – can lower blood proteins that are associated with promoting cancer development, a study finds.
A combination of a healthy diet and exercise lowers angiogenesis-related proteins that promote cancer cell growth and survival.
The study, published in the journal Cancer Research, found a reduction in the levels of a blood protein involved in angiogenesis when overweight and obese women experienced weight loss through diet and exercise.
Angiogenesis is the process by which damaged blood vessels are repaired and new blood vessels are formed.
Without oxygen and nutrients, both healthy cells and cancer cells cannot survive. These cells send out signals, called angiogenic factors, and it is these factors that encourage new blood vessels to grow and cancer cells to grow into a tumor.