Exercise and Aging: What You Need to Know to Stay Young and Healthy
Exercise, illness, and longevity
The clock ticks for all men and women, and with each tick comes change. For those who manage to avoid major medical problems, the changes are slow and gradual, but they do add up. Here are some things that aging can do to you — if you give up and let Time take his toll.
Some of the changes of aging start as early as the third decade of life. After age 25–30, for example, the average man’s maximum attainable heart rate declines by about one beat per minute, per year, and his heart’s peak capacity to pump blood drifts down by 5%–10% per decade.
That’s why a healthy 25-year-old heart can pump 2½ quarts of oxygen a minute, but a 65-year-old heart can’t get above 1½ quarts, and an 80-year-old heart can pump only about a quart, even if it’s disease-free.
In everyday terms, this diminished aerobic capacity can produce fatigue and breathlessness with modest daily activities.
Starting in middle age, blood vessels begin to stiffen and his blood pressure often creeps up as well. His blood itself changes, becoming more viscous (thicker and stickier) and harder to pump through the body, even though the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells declines.
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Most Americans begin to gain weight in midlife, putting on 3–4 pounds a year. But since men start to lose muscle in their 40s, that extra weight is all fat. This extra fat contributes to a rise inLDL (“bad”) cholesterol and a fall in HDL ("good”) cholesterol. It also helps explain why blood sugar levels rise by about 6 points per decade, making type 2 diabetes distressingly common in senior citizens.
The Room Is Spinning
Feeling dizzy or shaky can be a sign of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. Because your brain needs glucose to function, a drop in blood sugar can be dangerous — even life-threatening — if you don’t address it.
Your Hands and Feet Swell
If you have high blood pressure as well as high blood sugar, the two conditions can damage the kidneys’ ability to filter wastes and fluid over time. As water builds up in your body, your hands and feet may swell — a warning sign that you may have kidney disease. You can preserve the kidney function you have by taking by improving your blood sugar levels.
You Have Numbness or Tingling
Nerve damage can be another sign of chronically elevated blood sugars. It results in numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, or inability to feel pain or temperature changes. You may not realize you have been injured from a cut or that a wound is becoming infected. Or you may be oversensitive to pain. You might experience severe and constant pain from otherwise painless stimulation.
You Have Stomach Trouble
High blood sugar also damages the nerve that helps your stomach empty and move food smoothly through your digestive tract. When your stomach can’t empty quickly enough, you may deal with unpleasant abdominal problems like diarrhea, constipation, or incontinence.
It’s never too late
Aging is inevitable, but it has an undeservedly fearsome reputation. No man can stop the clock, but most can slow its tick and enjoy life as they age with grace and vigor. Jonathan Swift was right when he said, “Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.” Regular exercise, along with a good diet, good medical care, good genes, and a bit of luck, can make it happen.
Most people’s health deteriorate as they age, starting when you reach 45 years old. There is a good chance you or someone you love is feeling the affects of aging, which can include low energy, memory loss, weight gain, sagging & wrinkly skin or heart issues.
When you watch this FREE presentation you will discover a nutrient that researchers believe can help in improving many of the most common ailments related to aging – which, by-the-way, the Big Drug Companies would rather you didn’t see.
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