In Denmark, physical inactivity is considered the second most
prevalent cause of death. The physically inactive live on average
5 years earlier than their physically active counterparts.
Dr Bente Klarlund Pedersen believes Denmark needs a political
statement and laws about "health consequences". She
urges politicians and city planners to consider health aspects
including the role infrastructure and architecture has on the
citizens' ability to keep physical activity. She also believes
we must close the gap between science and practice to win the
war against physical inactivity.
Prof. Bente Klarlund Pedersen, MD, DMSc is Professor and Director
of the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Inflammation
and Metabolism. Her research team has identified skeletal muscle
as an endocrine organ that produces and releases signal peptides,
which they have named myokines.
This discovery makes for a new paradigm: Skeletal muscle is an
endocrine organ, whereby contraction stimulates the production
and release of cytokines, influencing metabolism and modifying
cytokine production in tissues/organs. See her Vitae.