Longevity Briefs: Parental exercise levels have beneficial effects on children metabolism

Posted on 15 September 2020

Longevity briefs provides a short summary of a novel research, medicine, or technology that caught the attention of our researchers in Oxford, due to its potential to improve our health, wellbeing, and longevity.

Why is this research important: It is a very well known fact that exercise is beneficial for health. However, there is very little research on how parental level of physical activity affects their children’s metabolism. Understanding underlying mechanisms can help to develop more strategies in the treatment of metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.

What did the researchers do: In this review article, researches have analysed the effects of maternal and paternal diets and exercise in mice on the offspring.

Key takeaway(s) from this research: Based on rodents model, effects of parental exercise are multifaceted and complex, some examples include an increase in cognitive abilities, increase capacity for exercise and improvement in glucose homeostasis.

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