At The Cooper Institute, we live and breathe research. We understand that not everyone spends their days researching and writing papers, though. Each time we publish a new study, we like to break it down for our readers to answer one question: So what does this mean for me? Take a look at our publication overviews below, and if you would like to view the full study, it is linked at the bottom of each overview.
Cardiorespiratory Fitness, C-Reactive Protein, and All-Cause Mortality in Men and Women: The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study
As you may be aware, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) as well as inflammation are two hot topics in the health and fitness research field. CRF is best thought of as the ability of the body to use oxygen at the cell level, and can be objectively measured via maximal treadmill exercise testing in a clinical setting.Read More
Out of this World: What is the Long-term Heart Health of NASA Astronauts?
Thinking about the red planet as your destination? At a minimum, a round trip to Mars is approximately 34 million miles with a flight time measured in years! Such a distant destination will require a lot of planning and preparation. Not least of which, it is important to ensure that your underlying health is good enough to make any space trip as there are no emergency rooms or hospitals in space.Read More
Do Small Increments in Fitness Affect Mortality Risk in Low Fit Women?
There is abundant evidence that a low level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is a strong and independent risk factor for all-cause mortality among women. However, much less is known regarding the gradient of mortality risk among women, particularly those at the low end of the CRF continuum.Read More
Physical Activity, Body Weight Status, and Serum Vitamin D Levels in Healthy Women
Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in U.S. women. Also very common among women are sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Importantly, each of these three lifestyle factors is associated with an increased risk of a number of adverse health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. However, a thorough examination of the relationship among vitamin D, physical activity, and body weight status is lacking.Read More