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Men are recommended to rest more

18 April 2017, 09:00

Scientists have determined that men who are limited in the time of night rest, are twice exposed to the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Those representatives of the strong half of humanity who sleep no more than five hours a day, more than 50% more likely to suffer from tumor processes in the prostate gland. Those who sleep about six hours, get sick almost twice less often, - such figures were shared by researchers.

A measure of prolonged sleep is important, both for good health and for general health indicators of a person - and sometimes it can even prolong life. Experts have calculated that men who, due to circumstances or other reasons, sleep a little, have every chance to develop prostate cancer over time.

Scientists examined more than eight hundred thousand representatives of the male population for 62 years, observing their way of life and health. None of the participants suffered from prostate disease at the time of the experiment. As a result of a lengthy study that lasted from 1950 to 2012, an unequivocal conclusion was drawn: men under the age of 65 who do not provide for themselves an optimal 7-8 hours of night rest, endanger themselves with the most common oncological male disease.

Prostate cancer is a disease often diagnosed in men. Annually in the world at least twenty thousand men die with a similar diagnosis. Since the incidence of prostate cancer is very high, it is difficult to trace the primary factors that could cause this pathology. But it is necessary to do this, because the knowledge of the cause depends on whether the medicine can provide quality preventive maintenance of the disease.

Expert experts representing the American Cancer Medical Community, have given a number of evidence that banal implementation of recommendations on the duration of night rest in the bud can affect the risk of developing tumorous processes in the prostate gland. Although scientists do not deny that they will have to continue to conduct support studies, to clarify the biological mechanisms and links between the development of cancer and lack of sleep at night.

Nevertheless, the results of the last experiment are recognized as yet another proof: the natural cycle of night rest in the human body - the so-called "circadian rhythm" - is of fundamental importance in the development of oncology of the prostate. Inadequate rest and disturbed recovery of the body's forces lead to a "disconnection" of genes that provide a kind of protection against cancerous cell changes, and also cause a decrease in the production of melatonin, a hormonal substance that corrects the frequency of sleep and wake cycles. At the same time, the combination of poor-quality night rest with intense physical and mental load in the daytime is even more damaging to health.

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Portnov Alexey Alexandrovich

Education: Kiev National Medical University. A.A. Bogomolets, Specialty - "General Medicine"

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