Endurance health and lifestyle

Endurance health and lifestyle

Depression, training and overtraining

Overtraining syndrome is a very common pitfall for athletes and sports people, affecting more than 60% of distance runners during their athletic careers, more than half of professional football players during a five-month competitive season and 33% of basketball players participating in a six-week training camp, according to published research. However, there is no agreed […]

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The menopause: hormone replacement therapy decreases the risk of heart disease, bone loss and maintains muscle performance

The effect of HRT after the menopause Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause is widely believed to counteract the increased risk of heart disease and bone loss which accompanies the loss of the female sex hormones, particularly oestrogen. And now new research from Finland suggests that HRT also plays a key role in maintaining post-menopausal […]

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Swimmers affected by body clock

Circadian rhythms affect swimming performance The daily (circadian) rhythm exerts a powerful influence over a number of biological functions in the human body, including core temperature, sleep/wake cycles and levels of secreted hormones such as melatonin (see PP issue 239 for a fuller discussion of this topic). However, measuring the impact of this rhythm on […]

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How steroids raise blood pressure

Do anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) push up blood pressure or don’t they? The evidence to date has been equivocal, but now a new study from the University of Glamorgan in Wales has confirmed that these drugs really do cause significant increases in blood pressure in combination with resistance training and are particularly contraindicated for athletes […]

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Steroid side effects

Steroid side effects may persist after withdrawal A cautionary tale about lesser-known but serious side effects of androgenic anabolic steroid abuse appeared in a recent issue of the International Journal of Sports Medicine. A team of endocrinologists from the Netherlands describe the case of a previously fit 37-year-old male semi-professional bodybuilder who was referred to […]

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The rise of anorexia nervosa

Elite Runners are at high risk of eating disorders There is a worrying prevalence of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders among Britain’s elite female runners, according to researchers from Leeds University. Of 181 such athletes who returned a confidential questionnaire, 16% had a current eating disorder and a further six had received previous treatment. […]

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Tea is the all round performance drink

The caffeine boosts performance and its antioxidant content boosts recovery Tea is currently admired for its health-promoting properties, but public opinion has not always been so positive. When tea gradually began to replace coffee as Britain’s number-one non-alcoholic drink in the early 1700s, health authorities railed against the beverage. The noted German physician Simon Pauli, […]

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