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Stand more and sit less to live longer, burn more calories and be healthier – BBC

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The evidence that standing up is good for you goes back to at least the 1950s when a study was done comparing bus conductors (who stand) with bus drivers (who don’t). This study, published in the Lancet, showed that the bus conductors had around half the risk of developing heart disease of the bus drivers.

Since then prolonged sitting has not only been linked to problems with blood glucose control, but also a sharp reduction in the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase, which breaks down blood fats and makes them available as a fuel to the muscles. This reduction in enzyme activity leads to raised levels of triglycerides and fats in the blood, increasing the risk of heart disease.

The numbers behind the standing vs. sitting comparison tell quite a story:

[Standing instead of sitting] adds up to about 50 calories an hour. If you stand for three hours a day for five days that’s around 750 calories burnt. Over the course of a year it would add up to about 30,000 extra calories, or around 8lb of fat.

“If you want to put that into activity levels… then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work.”

– Dr. John Buckley, head of the team from the University of Chester in the UK studying the topic

Read More:  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24532996

 

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Get more sleep to burn more fat, study says

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Research published… in the Annals of Internal Medicine… establishes that sleep–and sleep alone–is one of the most powerful diet tools ever identified.
There’s not a diet pill on the planet that could accomplish what sleep did in this study, which compared two groups of overweight non-smokers on calorie restricted diets for 14 days. One group clocked 8.5 hours of sleep per night, and the other logged 5.5 hours of sleep per night (which the authors point out is a “norm” for people in this day and age.) Both groups ate roughly 1,450 calories a day. After two weeks, the people who slept more lost more fat than the group who slept less. More than half of the weight loss during the 8.5 hours of sleep was fat versus only one quarter of the weight loss during the 5.5 hours of sleep. People literally burned fat while they slept.

Read More: http://highlifeworkout.com/2012/01/23/how-sleep-helps-you-burn-fat-and-build-muscle-faster/

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UK study cites basic steps to live longer

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Britons could live to 120 if they just exercised more, ate healthily and took beneficial drugs such as statins, an influential panel of health experts and scientists has concluded.

Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthyeating/11218303/Want-to-live-to-120-Heres-how…..html

 

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Maybe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks?

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Researchers aim to use ‘middle aged’ pet dogs to test rapamycin, folowing the drug’s lifespan extension in experiments with mice. Developed as an anti-rejection drug for patients who have just undergone kidney transplants, rapamycin has recently been shown to extend the lives of mice by more than 10%.

Rapamycin acts on a protein that is involved in cell growth and has an anti-inflammatory impact on the body. It was also the first drug shown to extend lifespan in a mammalian species.

“As organisms age, inflammation can increase and that is related to many disorders,” added [University of Washington in Seattle Dr. Matt] Kaeberlein. “But that is not the only thing that rapamycin does. It also turns on a process called autophagy which is in effect the process by which cells dispose of the garbage that builds up inside them.”

Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/08/anti-ageing-drugs-tested-on-dogs-cancer-heart

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‘Brain game’ company distances itself from industry backlash with evidence of cognitive improvement, seeks FDA approval

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NeuroRacer game shows enduring cognitive benefits in seniors, more evidence forthcoming…

Read More:  http://blogs.law.stanford.edu/lawandbiosciences/2014/05/05/neuroracer-creator-gazzaley-seeks-fda-blessing-for-brain-training-game/

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Learn new skills in order to maintain your brain’s vitality with age, study says

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Crossword puzzles, reading and that familiar hobby of yours may not be enough to keep your brain sharp, according to studies in the journal “Psychological Science”.

A recent study performed by Denise Park at University of Texas at Dallas shows that learning new skills could the key to maintaining cognitive vitality with age.  Simply maintaining those old habits may not be enough.

“This is speculation, but what if challenging mental activity slows the rate at which the brain ages?” asks Park. “Every year that you save could be an added year of high quality life and independence.”

Read More:  http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/learning-new-skills-keeps-an-aging-mind-sharp.html

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