Larry Tucker, a professor at Brigham Young University, Utah and some of his colleagues has some data analyzed from a survey they carried out on more than 5,800 Americans. He stated that “Just because you are 40 doesn’t mean you’re 40 years old biologically”.
They discovered something interesting. Here it is: Adults who love exercise, with consistently high levels of physical activity have longer “telomeres” than those who in comparison are inactive or moderately active.
Telomeres are the protein endcaps on chromosomes. When one grows older, as the body cells replicate, a tiny part of the endcap is lost. So the study is saying that those who exercise more often end up having longer telomeres when compared with the moderately active and inactive people. This means that they are aging at a slower rate than their counterparts. The more regularly physically active we are, the less biological aging takes place in our bodies.
Adults who love exercise have longer “telomeres” than inactive or moderately active ones.
According to the study, telomeres in adults who are regularly active are about seven years “biologically older” than the moderately active people. The difference however between the regularly active people and the inactive people is about nine years.
The authors of the study have defined high level of physical activity to mean at least 30 minutes (for women) and 40 (for men) of jogging in a day for five days in a week.
This is a real anti-aging secret if you ask me. This has to be part of the reasons why people look younger than their age.
Tucker also stated that though the study doesn’t actually prove that exercise delays telomere shortening. Still, “we know that regular physical activity helps to reduce mortality and prolong life, and now we know part of that advantage may be due to preservation of telomeres”
Source: HealthDay Reporters.