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Home-based diet and exercise intervention improves elderly cancer survivors' physical function
Date:11/18/2008

increased their physical activity to 44.9 minutes per week versus 29.7 minutes per week for the control group. Additionally, the intervention group saw a three percent drop in body weight versus a one percent drop in the control group.

"These findings are significant as the survivors who participated in the program had much better ability to stand-up, walk and function on their own, and enjoyed better quality of life," Demark-Wahnefried said "These functions are critical in retaining independence. The next step is to follow up with the participants to see if the effect is sustained, and replicate the results in the waitlisted group."


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Contact: Robin Davidson
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713-794-1731
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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