Other benefits of exercise

Other benefits of exercise

Want more proof that God designed your body to be active?  Consider the effects of exercise on breast cancer.

We know that obesity increases rates of breast cancer. It is believed this is because the fat cells secrete estrogen, and estrogen plays a part in making breast cancer. So on the one hand you could just assume exercise decreases body fat so reduces risk.  But there is more to it than that.

Exercise actually increases the bodies production of proteins that bind to estrogen. These proteins hold the hormone in the blood, only the free (unbound) hormones exert their effects on the body.  In other words, exercise reduces the amount of hormone available to make breast cancer even if you are overweight.

God is an amazing creator.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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