Exercise Hormone Helps Burn Fat
A recent study shows that exercise increases levels of a hormone called irisin in the body, which not only burns fat and aids weight loss, but also can help prevent fat cells from forming in the first place. Irisin was discovered by researchers in 2012. This new study was conducted to determine the effects of the hormone on fat cells and fat tissue.
Levels of the hormone irisin surge in the body during exercise when the heart and other muscles are exerted. According to researchers, this hormone plays a role in converting “unhealthy” white fat tissue into healthier brown fat and also helps increase the amount of energy used by brown fat cells. The study showed that irisin suppressed the formation of fat cells 20 to 60 percent, helping people who exercise stay slender.
Learning more about irisin may one day help reduce rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Previous research showed the hormone also improves heart function and reduces the risk for heart disease.
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