Being Web-Savvy Tied to Better Health in Seniors
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Could the internet help prevent cancer? Recent research shows that older men and women who use the internet were more likely to participate in screening for colorectal cancer, participate in physical activities, eat healthily, and smoke less, compared with those who did not use the internet.
The large, population-based, cohort study of older adults in England, called the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, collected data from men and women aged 50 or older. Researchers found that men and women who used the internet consistently were twice as likely to participate in colorectal screening as nonusers. They also found that both men and women were 50 percent more likely to take part in regular physical activity, 24 percent more likely to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and 44 percent less likely to be current smokers. However, there was no association between internet use and participation in breast cancer screening among women.
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SOURCE: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, October 2013
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