Resveratrol Protects Against the Ill Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle
Researchers with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology have released the results of a new study that indicate resveratrol protects against the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
In the study, researchers immobilized two groups of mice for a period of time; they fed one group resveratrol but did not feed the other (control) group resveratrol.
The group not fed resveratrol developed insulin resistance (which is an indication of type 2 diabetes) and also experienced muscle and bone density loss. On the other hand, the group fed resveratrol did not experience any of these ill effects.
Editor’s Note: the results of this study are not surprising as numerous studies (human and animal alike) have shown that resveratrol prevents insulin resistance (thus preventing or treating type 2 diabetes). Other studies have shown resveratrol improves bone density and increases the ratio of muscle to fat in the body.
For its part, this study shows that resveratrol specifically protects against a sedentary lifestyle (i.e. physical inactivity) that is so common in today’s society. As global economies continue to develop, more people around the world are working in office ‘desk jobs’. These jobs can promote ill health as employees sit for prolonged periods of time. Resveratrol could very well be the answer to the health problems caused by these types of jobs.