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Exercise and Hormones

In addition to the well-known health benefits of cardiovascular exercise on the production of insulin and adrenalin, a recent study shows that cardio exercise can also improve the production of certain hormones, such as FGF21. These hormones offer many positive health benefits and promote a healthy metabolism.

The study, led by Thomas Morville of the University of Copenhagen, evaluated hormone levels in blood samples of research participants after they performed several types of exercise. The scientists found that, after sixty minutes of cardio exercise with a maximum oxygen consumption of 70%, the production of the FGF21 hormone increased three times more than after an equivalent effort doing strength exercises.

According to the study, recently published in the scientific publication Journal of Clinical Investigation – Insight, a high production of FGF21 has the potential to act as a natural protection against diabetes and obesity.