Study confirms the Fountain of Youth
In recent weeks a female Olympic swimmer has been making headlines and
she doesn't even hold the fastest time in her events. So what makes her
She's swimming with women half her age.
Dara Torres, 41, and is headed to her fifth Olympic games. Oh, and did
I mention that she also has a two year old daughter? While other women
her age are whining about pregnancy pounds and being ‘over the hill',
Dara looks like the 20 year olds she competes with.
What makes her different from other 41 year old moms? "I love to
exercise," Dara says. "I love how it makes me feel. I love how it makes
Here's the fountain of youth part:
Because of exercise, Dara's body is actually younger on a molecular
level than her out-of-shape counterparts, according to a recent study
led by Tim D. Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's
College in London as reported by the Washington Post.
The results were astounding. They found that exercise appears to slow
the shriveling of the protective tips on bundles of genes inside cells
(called telomeres), which means a slowing of the aging process.
"These data suggest that the act of exercising may actually protect the
body against the aging process," said Spector.
Here's the study in a nutshell:
- Telomeres cap the ends of chromosomes and every time a
cell divides, the telomeres get shorter.
- Once a telomere gets too short, that cell can no longer
- Aging occurs as more and more cells reach the end of their
telomeres and die. This results in weakened muscles, skin wrinkles,
loss of eyesight and hearing, organ failure and slowed metal
- The study analyzed the telomeres from the white bloods
cells of twins over a 10-year period. Telomere length was used as a
marker for the rate of biological aging.
- It was found that the length of telomeres was directly
related to that twin's activity level. "There was a gradient," Spector
said. "As the amount of exercise increased, the telomere length
- People who did 100 minutes of weekly exercise had
telomeres that looked like those from someone about 5-6 years younger
than those who did 16 minutes of exercise each week.
- People who did 3 hours of vigorous exercise each week had
telomeres that looked like those from someone about 9 years younger.
What does this mean to you? The fountain of youth is literally at your
Add to that the previously proven benefits of exercise (such as a
reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases) and it's no
wonder that exercise lovers look and feel as great as they do.
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