News & Insights 31 October 2021

October news update

Here at KiActiv®, we are constantly looking towards the latest research to innovate and progress our programmes. Being guided by the literature not only enables us to continue to adapt internally, but also helps us to highlight the ever-evolving benefits of everyday activity, ensuring that you can fully appreciate the positive impact that your increased activity is having on your health!

As a result, we have collated some of the most interesting, cutting-edge research pieces published this month to afford you a wider insight into everything from your general wellbeing and physical health, to your cognitive and mental health too.

  • Diabetes: It is widely accepted that losing weight can help manage and even reverse type 2 diabetes for overweight and obese individuals, however, new research has suggested that lowering levels of fat around the organs may be more important than lowering BMI. Individuals with normal BMI may still have high visceral fat levels (around organs), and therefore, mild weight loss is still a good option for them. These findings were presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
  • Cancer: According to a new study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, undertaking at least five hours of moderate-intensity activity per week may prevent certain types of cancers. They noted that more than 46,000 cancer cases in the U.S. annually could be prevented if people followed the guideline of getting at least five hours of moderate-intensity activity per week. Click here to read an overview of the study.
  • Sleep: A recent article released in Frontiers in Psychology offers new insight into why certain people are more likely to experience sleep disorders than others. It is possible that extremely low and extremely high levels of daily physical activity can negatively impacts sleep quality and psychological well-being, and is a risk factor for insomnia. So, there is a level where you can become too active. At KiActiv® we help people find their own personal optimum level of physical activity, where they’re gaining the maximum health benefits whilst also avoiding negative impacts on things such as sleep. Access the full article here.
  • Healthy Ageing: Older adults with hearing loss may be more sedentary and more likely to experience worsening physical function than those without hearing loss, according to 3 new studies. This highlights the importance of tailoring physical activity programmes to the individual, making sure that things like hearing loss are not a barrier to improving your health. You can read a summary of one of the studies here.
  • Digital Healthcare: The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted normal face-to-face healthcare, causing the demand for digital health products to increase significantly. Interest has remained high post-lockdown, new research has revealed. At KiActiv® we have helped many clients over the course of the pandemic, allowing people who would not otherwise have been able make face-to-face appointments improve their health using our online platform. You can read the full article here.

The KiActiv® Team