Just 12 minutes of exercise makes a big difference in your body’s functioning
According to the Harvard University-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a 12-minute exercise is enough to circulate the level of metabolites in charge of the body’s insulin resistance, stress, inflammation, and longevity.
Short 12-minute cardiopulmonary exercises were found to affect 80 percent of circulating metabolites. This data was gathered from 411 middle-aged women and men with increased circulating metabolites after a strenuous short exercise. The study revealed that there was a 29 percent decrease in glutamate, a metabolite linked to heart disease, diabetes, and decreased longevity.
“Intriguingly, our study found that different metabolites tracked with different physiologic responses to exercise, and might therefore provide unique signatures in the bloodstream that reveal if a person is physically fit, much the (same) way (that) current blood tests determine how well the kidney and liver are functioning,” Matthew Nayor of the Heart Failure and Transplantation Section in the Division of Cardiology at MGH told The Harvard Gazette.
“We’re starting to better understand the molecular underpinnings of how exercise affects the body and use that knowledge to understand the metabolic architecture around exercise response patterns,” adds co-author Ravi Shah. What these findings suggest is that this method has “the potential to target people who have high blood pressure or many other metabolic risk factors in response to exercise, and set them on a healthier trajectory early in their lives.”
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