Our body is an enigmatic soup of many hormones and growth factors that determine how we develop, grow and age. One of the hormones primarily responsible for much of our early growth is aptly named ‘growth hormone.’ Like most growth factors in the body, growth hormone is a secreted protein that exerts multiple effects on gene regulation, cell growth, metabolism, differentiation, … [Read more...] about Synthesized Fragments of Hormones Make their Debut
The answer to that question is yes and no. This column will explain the reasons why.For generations women have been perceived as being the weaker sex. But it is simply not true. Strength and speed are not a monopoly of the male gender. Women and men have the same capability to develop strength and speed. Relative to fat-free body mass, women have nearly the same strength as … [Read more...] about Should Women Train Like Men?
While the participation of women in sports has increased significantly over the last several decades, research of women in sports has lagged behind that of men. This is particularly true in matters related to reproduction and menstruation. Up until even recent years, women were cautioned not to partake in sports while pregnant or during menstruation because exercise during … [Read more...] about Planet Estrogen Part 3: The Menstrual Cycle and Athletic Performance
Super Cows and Mighty Mice In 1997, scientists McPherron and Lee revealed to the public the ‘secret’ of an anomaly that livestock breeders have capitalized since the late 1800’s: the gene responsible for big beefy cows (1). More than a century ago, livestock breeders in Europe observed that some of their cattle were more muscled than others. Being dabblers in genetics, they … [Read more...] about The Myostatin Gene
"At the same time that hormones challenge the pubertal brain, they change the body. A girl’s high estrogen content helps in the deposition of body fat on the breasts, hips, thighs and buttocks, subcutaneously, everywhere. Because of estrogen and auxiliary hormones, women have more body fat than men…..We can look at the deposition of body fat that comes with womanhood and say … [Read more...] about Planet Estrogen Part 2 – Apples and Pears
Here in Texas where it is warm people like to show their skin regardless of size or stature. All too common I see women on the treadmills or in the aerobics classes who have double-C breasts crammed into flimsy size-B sports bras, their breast mass bouncing up and down like swinging water balloons. Many women wear so-called ‘sports’ bras made of non-supportive and flimsy … [Read more...] about Staying A-Breast of Things