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Dengel publishes about tipping point information related to visceral adipose tissue in adolescents

January 6, 2020 - 3:20pm
Left to right: Drs. Donald Dengel, Tyler Bosch, and Aaron Kelly

Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., is a co-author of a recently published article “Reaching the tipping point: identification of thresholds at which may steeply increase in youth.” The related study identified sex-specific body fat thresholds at which visceral adipose tissue levels appear to steeply increase in children and adolescents. 

Visceral adipose tissue is fat tissue located deep in the abdomen and around internal organs. It is a hormonally active component of total body fat, which possesses unique biochemical characteristics that influence several normal and pathological processes in the human body. Previous available evidence indicates that visceral fat may be an important factor in metabolic conditions such as glucose intolerance, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance. 

The article was published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

Dengel is a professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology. Drs. Aaron Kelly and Tyler Bosch, graduates from the School of Kinesiology were also co-authors on this article.

Dengel receives grant for diabetes research

December 18, 2019 - 11:58am

Donald R. Dengel, PhD, professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is awarded an annual grant of $300,000 from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The grant funds Dr. Dengel’s research studies on diabetes, and how the disease impacts an individual’s overall health and wellness. Co-Investigators of the project include Drs. Elizabeth R. Seaquist, Lisa D. Coles, and Lynn E. Eberly.

Dengel presents on body composition analytics at Elmhurst College

December 11, 2019 - 2:32pm
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D.

On December 7, 2019, Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, presented at the 2019 Track Football Consortium at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. The title of Dr. Dengel’s talk was “Next Generation Body Composition Analytics.”

Dengel presents on muscle mass and function in San Francisco

December 11, 2019 - 2:29pm
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D.

School of Kinesiology professor Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, presented at the 2019 Sports Biometrics Conference in San Francisco, California on December 5, 2019. Dengel spoke on “Muscle Mass And Muscle Function: More Mass Doesn’t Mean Better Function.”

The Sports Biometrics Conference focuses on specific applications of big data and analytics in sports science.

Harbin publishes research on secondhand smoke risks for youth

December 11, 2019 - 2:07pm

Michelle Harbin, MS doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, recently published new research on secondhand smoke impacts on children and adolescents’ cardiovascular health. Harbin and colleagues studied the carotid artery in the neck brachial artery in the upper arm and abdominal aorta right above the belly button in 298 nonsmoking youth, ranging from 8 – 18 years old.

The study found that the carotid and brachial artery had no impact from secondhand smoke exposure, however, stiffness in the abdominal aorta increased. “Stiffness in this particular artery has been previously reported to exhibit increased susceptibility to atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of plaques that can restrict blood flow,” says Harbin.

Donald R. Dengel, PhD, professor in the School and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, and Nick Evanoff, MS, doctoral student, were co-investigators of the study.