Strong muscles may benefit the body’s immune system and benefit cancer recovery.
“Exercise is planning for better health. Critical illness insurance is a way to plan for better financial outcomes.”Jesse Slome, director of the American Association of Critical Illness Insurance
Fitness health news, July 1, 2020. A report in Medical News Today links the importance of strong muscles with conditions that often accompany critical illnesses.
The new research was conducted by the German Cancer Research Center. Their studies of mice found that strong skeletal muscles play an important role in maintaining an effective immune system. They noted that this is particularly true during severe chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses can wear down the body’s immune system. That can impact recovery following cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The German scientists noted that skeletal muscles may combat the process of cachexia. This refers to the wasting away of muscle and fat. Chronic viral infections and cancers frequently cause involuntary loss of body weight and muscle atrophy, also known as cachexia.
The study was published in Science Advances. According to experts cachexia may be responsible for up to a third of cancer-related deaths. It can also affect people with other serious conditions, such as AIDS, chronic kidney diseases, and heart failure.
Good diet, exercise and critical illness insurance
Fitness health news: “Good diet and exercise are essential components of better health but even healthy people get diseases,” notes Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Critical Illness insurance. “And that’s why healthy young men and women need to learn more about critical illness planning.”
“Good health increases the likelihood of surviving a critical illness and survival comes with financial consequences,” Slome acknowledges. “Exercise is planning for better health. Critical illness insurance is a way to plan for better financial outcomes.” The expert suggests more consumers learn what critical illness insurance covers. “For those in relatively good health coverage in small amounts like $10,000 and $15,000 can cost $15 to $20 a month.”