One hour of daily exercise compensates sugar consumption kids

Publiced on 25 September 2017
One hour of daily exercise compensates sugar consumption kids

Laurens Coppens, student of Food Technology, presented the results of more than a year of research into the effects of exercise and sugar consumption by grade-school kids on the levels of glycosylated proteins (AGE’s) in the skin of the forearm. One of the most important conclusions of this research is that an hour of exercise a day compensates the sugar consumption of grade-school kids. Coppens’ research was an assignment from the professorship Food Health & Safety.

Research at grade schools in Leeuwarden

More than a hundred kids of two grade schools in Leeuwarden took part in the research. Their eating and exercising patterns have been thoroughly tested. The research shows that mainly sugars in soft drinks, lemonade, fruit juice and sweetened dairy drinks push the AGE-scores up, which in theory may increase the risk of diabetes and lifestyle diseases. The research also shows that regular exercise (gym class two times a week plus extracurricular exercise) can compensate the negative effects of an increased sugar consumption on the AGE-score. A remarkable result was the fact that kids with a low sugar consumption and high exercise activity (daily gym class plus extracurricular exercise) did not show a better AGE-score.

Measure AGE’s

High concentrations of AGE’s in the skin are considered to be an important warning for the development of Type-2 diabetes. AGE’s develop slowly inside the body and are a normal sign of ageing, but they develop more rapidly with an unhealthy lifestyle, high carb consumption and a lot of sitting. These AGE’s can be easily measured in the skin of the forearm, using an AGE Reader (Diagnostics, Groningen). This device is regularly used for risk evaluation with adults or check-ups with diabetics. Laurens’ research shows that the AGE Reader can also be used as an easy instrument to evaluate the lifestyle of kids.

Sugar at schools

Recently, the discussion regenerated about allowing sweetened drinks at schools. According to Laurens’ research, exercise should be an important factor in that discussion. An hour a day already helps a lot. The AGE Reader offers schools an opportunity to quickly gain insight in their exercise policy and the sugar consumption of their pupils.

Stories

Robbin Oosting

Chemical Technology and Environment
Robbin Oosting

"I am currently in my final year of the studies Chemical Technology and Environment. Van Hall Larenstein provided me with the opportunity to complete ...

Read more

Erwin van der Meulen

Biotechnology graduate
Erwin van der Meulen

'As a fourteen-year-old boy I already knew: I wanted to study biotechnology. I have no idea why, exactly, but it was almost like a calling. And it...

Read more

Read more stories

Latest tweets

LS&T is a collaboration between

Follow us on: