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Cancer, understandably, is one of the most feared illnesses, as it often becomes evident without warning signs being evident in the first place. By choosing a healthy bodybuilding lifestyle, you can help reduce your risk of getting cancer.

What is Cancer?

Cancer occurs when abnormal cells divide uncontrollably, invading other, healthy tissues. Normally, cells grow and divide, then die when they age or become damaged.

How Bodybuilding Reduces Cancer Risk

Diet. Many cancers are linked to dietary intake. A diet high in fibre, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables is recommended for cancer prevention. Avoid consumption of burnt or charred meat. Remove these portions of meat if they do occur. Also minimize your consumption of smoked foods. Eating balanced meals, in controlled portions 5-7 times a day is better than consuming larger, less frequent meals. The consumption of natural, unprocessed foods also permits you to better monitor you intake of foods as well as additives such as sodium, which can be harmful when consumed in excess. Dietary control is important as being overweight increases your risk for breast and colon cancer, to name a couple.

Alcohol Use. Drinking two or more drinks per day increases your risk of developing cancers around the mouth and associated areas. This risk is compounded when cigarettes are involved. From a bodybuilding perspective, alcohol consumption can decrease your testosterone level, and replace nutrient rich calories with so called ‘empty’ calories. These are further reasons to limit your alcohol intake to enhance your bodybuilding success and reduce your risk of some cancers.

Smoking. Smoking causes heart disease, as well as digestive and respiratory problems. It can also cause cancer of the cervix, pancreas, kidneys, stomach and lungs. Most cases of smoking related deaths are attributed to first hand smokers, but passive smoking is considered as harmful as asbestos and radon exposure. A bodybuilding training program can provide some motivation to quit smoking. The addition of cardiovascular exercise can also help heart health. One who trains takes greater pride in their physical appearance and performance. This would confront them with the realisation of the damage smoking causes to them.

Supplementation. A multivitamin can assist your immune system.

Ways To Reduce Cancer Risk


Sunlight Exposure. UVA rays, the kind that causes tanning, and also unfortunately wrinkles and skin cancer. If you seek a tan, use a spray on, or lotion derived one. Ionizing radiation comes from radioactive fallout from nuclear power plants, x-rays, and other sources.

Avoid Chemicals and Other Substances. These include asbestos, cadmium, and nickel.

Some Viruses And Bacteria. Some strains of Human Papillomaviruses cause cervical cancer and may put you at risk for other cancers. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C increase your risk of liver cancer. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) increases the risk of cancers including lymphoma, and Kaposi's sarcoma.

Family History. Some cancers such as melanoma and breast cancer can run in families.

Age. The older you are, the more likely you are to contract cancer.

Prevent Cancer With Bodybuilding

In short, bodybuilding does more than helping you look good on the outside, it plays a vital role in keeping you healthy on the inside too. Fortunately, you can decrease your risk of developing some forms of cancer living healthily and controlling your immediate environment. The bodybuilding lifestyle, where you exercise regularly, and watch what you eat, can be ideal for preventing cancer. Bodybuilders also tend to smoke and drink less than the general population, which also puts them in good stead when it comes to cancer prevention. As well as maintaining a healthy bodybuilding lifestyle, don't share needles, avoid unprotected sex, get vaccinated for hepatitis B, as well as relevant vaccinations before travel. Speak to your doctor if you have a family history of cancer regarding regular screenings and ways to prevent cancers.

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