Could too much sitting be bad for our brains?
The brain is a glucose hungry organ. It weighs about 2% of body mass but demands about 20% of our resting energy requirements, which is mostly in the form of glucose, the primary brain fuel. If this energy supply is disrupted it can impair and even damage brain cells. Therefore, the availability of glucose to brain cells may have implications for brain health.
Will a fitness tracker help you reach your health and fitness goals?
It’s hard to deny the growing trend of wearable activity and fitness trackers. If you pay close attention to the wrist of the person next to you, chances are you’ll find they’re not just keeping track of the time, but their daily step count, energy expenditure, heart rate or sleep quality.
Meet the team: Imala Alwis
Imala Alwis is a senior research officer at the Heart Research Institute, working in the Thrombosis group. He shares his personal story about his connection with heart disease.
"Heart disease has affected me personally. My dad was in his mid fifties when he had triple bypass surgery. He led a very healthy lifestyle and he was only diagnosed during a routine medical check up."