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Green Tea, Exercise Lessen Risk Of Depression Among Breast Cancer Patients

January 27, 2010: 12:44 PM EST
Breast cancer survivors who exercised and drank green tea regularly – more than 100 g of dried tea leaves a month – were found to be less at risk for depression, a serious health issue for women with breast cancer, according to a joint U.S-Chinese study. Researchers interviewed 1,399 Chinese women about exercise, diet habits and depression symptoms six months following a cancer diagnosis, then again 18 months later. Patients who exercised more during the follow-up period were 42 percent less likely to report overall depression, researchers found. In addition, tea drinking was inversely associated with the risk for mild depression.
Xiao Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D., Xiaoli Chen, M.D., et al., "Exercise, Tea Consumption, and Depression Among Breast Cancer Survivors", Journal of Clinical Oncology, January 27, 2010, © American Society of Clinical Oncology
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