Central Heating Could Be Contributing To Obesity

This roughly corresponds to the average outdoors temperatures during June in England. At present, they say, people are exposed to relatively high indoor temperatures in winter, especially in care homes and hospitals, with the result that, entire populations may be prone to developing diseases such as obesity. Lack of exposure to varied temperatures in line with the external climate and the seasons, means people also become vulnerable to sudden changes in temperature such as during cold spells, whendeath rates rise from cardiovascular disease, lung diseases and cancer. Aside from the negative impact on health this leads to high energy consumption. Temperature training? Similar to exercise training for health, they advocate temperature training as part of a healthy lifestyle, with people regularly exposed to cool conditions. People are able to feel comfortable in lower temperatures, they argue and the body spends more energy in keeping body temperature stable without shivering. There is now evidence to suggest that a more variable indoor temperature one allowed to drift along with temperatures outside might be beneficial, although long-term effects still await further investigation. What evidence did the researchers look at? The researchers looked at a range of evidence to support their argument, including: studies in rodents physiological studies in humans on NST and its relationship to heat production studies in humans on cold acclimatisation and its relationship to brown fat activity and decrease in body fat studies on the regulation of indoor temperatures and temperatures which people find comfortable In particular, they quote research from Japan that they say found a decrease in body fat after people spent two hours per day at 17oC (62.6oF) for six weeks.
For the original version of the article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/01January/Pages/Central-heating-could-be-contributing-to-obesity.aspx


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