Fitness Factoids: Volume 13
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Worsening Asthma
Researchers at Kings College in London have linked low serum levels of vitamin D to a worsening of asthma symptoms. The study, which was recently released in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found a link between low serum levels of vitamin D and an inflammatory marker known as interleukin-17 (IL-17).
Fitness Factoids: Volume 12
Blood Hormone Restores Youthful Hearts To Old Mice
Scientists have made a stunning discovery that could revolutionize the way age-related heart disease is treated in the future. Researchers have identified a protein known as growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF 11) that has shown the potential to reverse age related heart disease. GDF 11 circulates at high levels in the blood of young mice, but declines with age.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 11
Injectable Nanoparticles Maintain Normal Blood-Sugar Levels
Thanks to the combined efforts of researchers at NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, MIT, and Children’s Hospital of Boston a new unique form of nanoparticle technology has been developed that could potentially revolutionize pharmaceutical insulin. Researchers have developed a network of nanoscale particles that once injected into the body, can maintain normal blood sugar levels for more than a week.
Fitness Factoids 10
Testosterone Found to Promote Honesty in Men
Researchers from the University of Bonn have conducted a study that ties higher levels of testosterone in men to higher levels of honesty. For the experiment scientists recruited 91 men, issuing 46 men a dosage of topical testosterone gel, while issuing the other 45 a placebo.
Fitness Factoids Volume 9
Pycnogenol Reduces Jet Lag
A study recently published in the journal Minerva Cardioangiologica shows that Pycnogenol has the ability to reduce jet lag by nearly 50 percent.
Fitness Factoids #7
Science confirms men have no idea what women are thinking
It seems science has finally confirmed something men and women have known for a very long time, men have no idea what the hell women are thinking. In the study German researchers asked 22 men, ranging from 21-52 in age, to look at 36 different sets of eyes, half of which were from women.
Fitness Factoids Volume 6
l-Carnitine and TMAO Linked to the Development of Heart Disease
A recent study published in Nature Medicine suggests that there may be a connection between l-carnitine, TMAO, and insufficient gut bacteria in the development of arterial plaques. The study, conducted by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, gave the nutrient l-carnitine — found in red meat and dairy products — to 77 volunteers, including 26 who were vegans or vegetarians
Fitness Factoids: Volume #5
Low Melatonin Levels Linked with Development of Type 2 Diabetes
A recent study that was funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests that there may be an association between decreased melatonin levels and type 2 diabetes. A study of U.S. women found that those with the lowest levels of melatonin had more than twice the risk of type 2 diabetes compared to women with the highest levels of the hormone. People with type 2 diabetes, by far the more common form of diabetes, don't make enough insulin or use it properly