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Health Tips from a Grizzly

Bear Hibernation

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  • Hibernating animals are able to slow their metabolism almost to a point of suspended animation, and re-emerge after the inhospitable winter no worse for the wear
  • If a similar state (or mechanisms of it) was able to be induced in humans, it might have significant health ramifications for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and more

By Dr. Mercola

Hibernation is a survival mechanism that keeps certain animals alive through the winter months. Even when temperatures become freezing and food and water are scarce, hibernating animals barely notice as they slumber in a sedentary state.


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