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Daily Exercise Erases Deleterious Effects Of Over-Eating, Lounging

December 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A British study involving 26 healthy, active young men who were asked to do “a lot of sitting and gorging themselves” for seven days found that those who stopped exercising completely experienced a significant, unhealthy decline in blood sugar control. In addition, their fat cells began over-expressing certain genes associated with unhealthy metabolic changes while under-expressing genes linked to a healthy metabolism. Participants who continued to exercise daily – even though they upped their calorie intake – were not affected the same way. Blood sugar control and fat cell gene expression remained normal, compared to the sedentary men.
Gretchen Reynolds, "The Power of a Daily Bout of Exercise", The New York Times, December 27, 2013, © The New York Times Company
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