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How 'Exercise Hormone' Helps Improve Your Weight and Health

Exercise Hormone

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  • A fat-burning hormone called irisin, which is released during exercise, helps your body shed fat and keeps body fat from forming in the first place. Irisin may suppress fat cell formation by 20 to 60 percent
  • Irisin also helps improve heart function, reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, increase mitochondrial biogenesis and induce telomere elongation in cells, which may improve your health and longevity
  • Irisin may also be used as a marker for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in teenage girls, thereby facilitating early diagnosis

By Dr. Mercola

While diet has the greatest impact on your weight, exercise is an important part of the total equation. It’s the ultimate levering agent for optimal health too. Exercise influences your biology in so many ways, it’s virtually impossible to pin down its benefits to one particular thing.

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