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Symposium to look at genetic basis of exercise
Date:3/17/2009

at 25-50% of the variation in increase in maximum oxygen uptake was due to heredity.

They also found that one gene, the FHL-1 gene, played an important role in determining an individual's insulin sensitivity and glucose disposal ability in response to exercise. This gene, like other genes, comes in different variants. Individuals with one variant of this gene improved their insulin sensitivity and glucose disposal ability with exercise while people with another variant did not. This helps explain why some people who exercise are better at improving their glycemic level in the blood and avoiding diabetes, Dr. Bouchard said.

The research will have implications not just for those of us who are healthy, but for those of us whose genes make it hard to get the full benefits of exercise.


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Contact: Christine Guilfoy
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American Physiological Society
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