Prevention - Physical Activity as Important as Cancer Drug

Estimates indicate that about 70% of all treated diseases in industrial nations are based on lifestyle factors such as obesity caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. A healthy lifestyle represents an essential preventive factor and must be strongly supported in health policy, demands one expert in the run-up to the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2016. Avoiding not only medical but also serious social and economic consequences is crucial.

The “National Consumption Study” proves that already today almost 70% of German men and over 50% of German women are overweight (i.e. a body mass index (BMI) of 25 kg/m² or higher). According to data from the German Federal Statistical office for 2010, the average German walks a distance of 400 meters per day. The consequences of poor diet and lack of exercise: more and more people are obese – and are therefore suffering from related metabolic, heart, cardiovascular and cancerous diseases. People with a BMI of 30 kg/m² or more are classified as obese. Current extrapolations by the World Health Organization (WHO) assume that more than 50 percent of all German citizens will be obese in 2040.

“The list of widespread diseases that are primarily lifestyle-related is still topped by type 2 diabetes mellitus and the complex consequences of the metabolic syndrome such as coronary heart disease and stroke”, explains Professor Dr. med. Christian Löser, chief physician at the medical clinic at the Red Cross Hospital in Kassel. “However, colon, prostate and breast cancer are close behind and these too are associated with lifestyle factors such as weight problems.”

Based on current scientific knowledge, it must be assumed that a good 70% of all colon cancers could be avoided by following a balanced, healthy diet as recommended by the German Association for Nutrition and with a physically active lifestyle. “Colon cancer is a typical prosperity disease”, stresses the expert. “A healthy lifestyle can achieve a great deal in terms of prevention.” Lifestyle plays also an essential role in the tertiary prevention of many cancers – that is, the measures taken to prevent recurrences of a disease that is already manifested. Thus, large observational studies have shown that the recurrence of colon and breast cancer can be significantly reduced with regular physical activity. “According to our current findings, physical activity and sport is as important as a cancer drug”, says Professor Löser. “We know today that a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent diseases”, summarizes the expert.

It is imperative that these findings are followed by consequences. “Our health care system should finally recognize obesity as an independent and relevant disease and establish sustainable conservative treatment and prevention concepts”, Professor Löser insists. A healthy lifestyle has long ceased to be a concern that is purely medical or related to public health; there are also profound economic and sociological implications. At the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2016 in Düsseldorf, Professor Löser discusses with other experts what a healthy lifestyle can achieve and the of role nutrition in this context.

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Focal day: Internal Medicine: Future Technologies and Remote Patient Management

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

10.40 bis 12.00 a.m.
Symposium Nutrition Medicine: Diet - Update 2016
Chair: Prof. Dr. Christian Löser, Kassel

Nutrition as Prevention – What can a Healthy Life Style Achieve?
Prof. Dr. Christian Löser, Kassel

Nutrigenetics and Personalized Nutrition
PD Dr. Kurt Gedrich, Freising

Nutrition in Tumor Patients – Modern Treatment Concepts
Dr. Jann Arends, Freiburg


The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE is an interdisciplinary advanced training course of the German Association for Internal Medicine (DGIM) and the Messe Düsseldorf according to the motto “Science Meets Medical Technology” which takes place from November 14 to 17, 2016 in Düsseldorf. It takes place concurrently with the world trade fair for medical technology MEDICA on Monday and Tuesday between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm. Due to the clear scheduling structure, visitors have flexibility in choosing between the different topics and sessions. Three events (sessions) and various courses on a focus topic are offered in parallel each day. The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE was approved by the Medical Association of North Rhine. Following the conference at 3:30 pm, the participants have the opportunity to visit the MEDICA trade fair until 6:30 pm (courses have partly different times). The world`s largest trade fair offers the perfect addition to the conference with its innovative technological worlds. For further information on the conference program see

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