Friday, January 22, 2010

For depressed breast cancer patients, Rx could be exercise and green tea

Interesting study out of China.
I should add, some folks have doubts about whether lifestyle studies carry over from one population to another. (Deb and I debate that point about soy.)
Also my personal doctor is lukewarm on green tea, and I was told not to drink it during treatment.
That being said, depression is a big issue for many women with breast cancer, and a lifestyle remedy is intriguing.
Here is the report that hit the wires Friday afternoon. 
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  1. I actually wrote about this study in my blog, Living with Breast Cancer, on January 6th. My blog includes a summary and then a link to the full article if you want to read more:

    Hester Hill Schnipper

  2. I drink LOTS of green tea and I am a runner currently training for my first ever half marathon. I have experienced heavy depression post treatment, regardless of exercise and tea drinking. That said I still think it is so very important to exercise and maybe my depression would have been even worse if I hadn't been running. I was also told during radiation to limit my green tea drinking due to the fact that it could negate the effect the radiation was supposed to have.
    Thanks for posting this!

  3. H.H.S. thanks for the comment. I am trying to figure out how to make the link live. Will check our your entry from Jan. 6th.