|JANUARY 30, 2008óLooking to slow the hands of time or slow the appearance of time on your hands? A new study suggests that exercise does more than make you feel younger, it actually slows the aging process of your cells.|
A British study involving 2,400 twins found that exercise slows the degeneration of cells.
“These data suggest that the act of exercising may actually protect the body against the aging process,” Tim D. Spector, the study’s lead and professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College in London told the Washington Post. The study was published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases, the study shows that physical activity keeps your cells regenerating longer. When cells can no longer divide, the body begins to break down, leading to less muscle strength, the formation of wrinkles, fading eyesight and hearing, failure of organs and memory loss.
The study did not address whether exercise benefited people who’d led a mostly sedentary lifestyle before starting an exercise program.
Spector told the Washington Post he hopes doctors will advise patients to exercise as a result of these findings.
“Hopefully when clinicians are advising patients, this could be another reason to offer,” he told the Washington Post. “It may slow down the aging process, and people may actually look and feel younger, which we know would be a good thing for most of the population.”