Rigorous long-term exercise and CLL

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Question from Paul:
I am 65 years old and was diagnosed last year with CLL. I have been running for the past 38 years, including marathons and half marathons. I also have been involved in a martial art known as Aikido for the past 13 years and have a black belt. Can all this exercise in some way contribute to my CLL?

Answer from Dr. Leclair:
I second your physician's advice. Keep doing what you are doing! It is possible that your history has helped keep the CLL under control.  Exercise is beneficial for proper cell growth and regulation, so your running and supportive exercise is very helpful. Just don't overdo it—so probably not triathalons!  

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