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Epigenetic adaptation to regular exercise in humans.

  • Charlotte Ling
  • Tina Rönn
Publishing year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 1015-1018
Publication/Series: Drug Discovery Today
Volume: 19
Issue: 7
Document type: Journal article review
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Regular exercise has numerous health benefits, for example, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. It has also been shown that the risk of type 2 diabetes can be halved in high-risk groups through nonpharmacological lifestyle interventions involving exercise and diet. Nevertheless, the number of people living a sedentary life is dramatically increasing worldwide. Researchers have searched for molecular mechanisms explaining the health benefits of regular exercise for decades and it is well established that exercise alters the gene expression pattern in multiple tissues. However, until recently it was unknown that regular exercise can modify the genome-wide DNA methylation pattern in humans. This review will focus on recent progress in the field of regular exercise and epigenetics.


  • Pharmaceutical Sciences


  • Epigenetics and Diabetes
  • ISSN: 1878-5832
Tina Rönn
E-mail: tina [dot] ronn [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Assistant researcher

Epigenetics and Diabetes

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