Burning more sugar drives super athleticism
Muscle fitness drives super athleticism, especially when their cells efficiently utilise sugar as a fuel source, a study reveals.
Conversely, exercising improves the muscle`s ability to take up sugar from the bloodstream and burn it for energy.
On the flip side, conditions that reduce physical activity, such as obesity or chronic disease, reduce the muscle`s capacity to burn sugar.
A new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) unravels a mechanism that re-programmes metabolic genes in muscles to boost their capacity to use sugar, the journal Genes & Development reported.
When activated in mice, this metabolic re-programming dramatically improves exercise performance, according to a university statement.