The article talks about how working out in particular running extends the life of the individual. A specific molecule VGF is activated during the run. In studies it has shown that mice had significantly increased their life span to over a year. It also talks about that there are other benefits of running and other forms of fitness increases health levels.
- In the study, published in the scientific journal Cell Reports, the researchers reported that VGF production induced by running in a wheel extended the life of mice with smaller cerebellums and difficulties in walking.
- Typically these mice only lived for 25 to 40 days, but when they were allowed to run, they lived for over a year, which is the normal lifespan for a mouse.
- Furthermore, they discovered that the running mice had a better sense of balance, and showed increased levels of myelin production.
“They found that running triggers a particular molecule called VGF, a nerve growth factor that can help repair brain and nerve damage in mice with an unusually small cerebellum and a shorter lifespan.”