Telomere length and Endurance Exercise

IAS News 11 January 2013 | 1 Comment

A study designed to discover whether the length of telomeres in the muscle was associated with endurance exercise training and oxygen consumption has shown some truly believable results. Older athletes who took part in endurance training had a resulting longer telomere length, than those who were active but not athletes. From this the researchers were able to say that endurance training may be able to protect against aging in older people.
The study was done in two halves with 10 men aged between 22 and 27 and ten more men aged between 66 and 77. Within each group there was a further subdivision between those who were endurance athletes, and those who were active but hadn’t competed in higher levels of sport. Importantly none of those involved had any cardiovascular diseases, obesity or a history of smoking, and were also free from any type of medication.
In the younger group the telomeres were not far off from being the same length in both the endurance athletes and the other participants. This was explained away by the fact the sample size was so small and the exposure to physical activity is minimal. The older group showed a much more varied length between the two subdivisions.
As a background telomeres shorten as we age, due to the cells reproducing. The length of these telomeres, which are the caps on the end of chromosomes, is directly related to cellular age and physical aging. The study has simply shown more proof that telomere length is directly related to the health of the individual. For further reading about telomeres please read our articles on TA-65:
The Latest in Anti-aging: Rejuvenation Strategy TA-65
Cutting Edge Natural Product TA-65 Turns on Longevity Gene.

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One Response on “Telomere length and Endurance Exercise”

  1. Simon says:

    magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not realize this.
    You should proceed your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

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