Fitness Factoids: Volume 37
Bariatric Surgery Slows Aging
New research shows that bariatric surgery may be able to delay aging by lengthening telomeres. Telomeres are the small caps on the end of our chromosomes, similar to the caps on the end of a shoelace. Over time all telomeres begin to fray or shorten as we age. However, high levels of inflammation and oxidative stress cause telomeres to shorten more quickly, thus accelerating the aging process.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 36
Eating Chocolate Does Not Increase Bodyfat in Teens
There’s good news for kids still in recovery from a Halloween candy overdose. According to new research from the University of Granada, eating chocolate does not increase bodyfat in teens. The study tracked 1,458 adolescents between ages 12-17 to determine whether greater chocolate consumption would cause greater body mass and increased abdominal fat.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 35
Liver and Muscles Communicate to Burn Fat
A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, and published in the journal Nature, has discovered that the liver and skeletal muscle communicate with one another during lipogenesis (fat burning). The study found that the liver produces a fat burning molecule known as PPAR delta, and that skeletal muscle produces a fat burning molecule called PPAR alpha.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 34
Exercise Improves Academics in Teenagers
As the rate of juvenile obesity has continued to skyrocket, we’ve seen a precipitous decrease in the amount of daily physical activity in the youth. A new study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that lack of physical activity in teens may have adverse effects beyond their expanding waistlines. According to research conducted by Dundee and Strathclyde Universities, intensive exercise improves academic scores in English, math, and science.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 33
Working Nightshift Increases Risk for Diabetes
If anyone has ever worked, or known someone who has worked nightshift, they know that no matter how much sleep they’re able to get, they never feel quite right. According to a study published by the Journal of Biological Rhythms, nightshift workers are two times more likely to develop diabetes than dayshift workers – even if they switch back to normal sleep patterns
Fitness Factoids: Volume 32
Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked to Improved Breast Cancer Prognosis
A new study released online by the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment that women who have higher serum levels of vitamin D are less likely to suffer reoccurrence and death due to the disease. A meta-analysis was conducted by a team of researchers at The University of Toronto that compiled the data from eight studies which contained 5,691 participants, all of whom had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 31
Marijuana May Turn Off Genes Linked To Skin Cancer
As the support for the legalization of marijuana continues to grow, so too does the evidence that there may be a number of medicinal uses that we have yet to discover. The latest news, which was published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, has found that marijuana may have the ability to deactivate genes that are known to cause skin cancer and other diseases. One of the defining characteristics of skin cancer is the uncontrollable growth of skin cells.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 30
Watching Your Team Lose May Cause Weight Gain
A new study conducted by the INSEAD Business School in France has found that watching your favorite football team may be elevating more than your stress level. According to the study, people who watch their football team lose have been shown to consume nearly 28% more saturated fat after the defeat.