33MD for January 29, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

Even though experts recommend moderate to vigorous exercise for several hours a week, many people just don’t have the time. The good news is, it appears a little goes a long way. Scottish researchers found that a regular, high intensity work-out may help reduce the risk of diabetes, even if it lasts just three minutes. In the study, scientists found short bursts of intense exercise greatly improved men’s metabolism and the way they processed sugar.

Being physically fit could lead to better numbers in the classroom. Researchers say students who are in shape scored better on math and English tests. The study looked at children from grades four through eight. It appears in the January issue of “Journal of School Health.”

There’s more evidence that an early birth may be linked to Autism by age two. A new Boston University study says children born more than three months prematurely are two to three times more likely to show signs of Autism. However, they say “being a preemie” may not be the cause. Instead, it could be whatever led to the early birth in the first place. The findings are published in the “Journal of Pediatrics.”