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The effects of exercise on our DNA

How the effects of exercise change our DNA

Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA. Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.

The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body. When genes are turned on, they express proteins that prompt physiological responses elsewhere in the body.

Scientists know that certain genes become active or quieter as a result of exercise. But they hadn’t understood how those genes know how to respond to exercise.

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Most of the genes in question are known to play a role in energy metabolism, insulin response and inflammation within muscles. In other words, they affect how healthy and fit our muscles — and bodies — become.

The upshot is that scientists now better understand one more step in the complicated, multifaceted processes that make exercise so good for us.

Check out the full New York Times blog here for a more comprehensive look at the study conducted and the effects of exercise.

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One comment

  1. cafelatte

    Very insightful article. Who know your DNA affected the way you exercise. Guess it makes sense.

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