Exercise and Aging: What You Need to Know to Stay Young and Healthy
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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.
Are you always hungry? Have you gained weight despite cutting calories? Or, do you frequently experience stomach problems? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could be experiencing high blood sugar symptoms.
Don’t get tricked into thinking that high blood sugar is only something diabetics should worry about. The truth is that anyone can experience spikes in their blood sugar levels when they eat certain foods – and it’s not just candy, sodas and cakes that cause these spikes.
The real danger is when your blood sugar levels stay high for extended periods of time, which can lead to diabetes or other serious health problems. But, if you are familiar with the high blood sugar symptoms and recognize when you begin to experience them regularly, it can motivate you to take the necessary steps to get your blood sugar under control.
There are a number of different factors that contribute to high blood sugar symptoms including:
- Poor diet
- Lack of regular exercise
- Certain health conditions
- Use of certain medications
What are the high blood sugar symptoms?
Having high blood sugar does not automatically mean you have diabetes. High blood sugar is only a symptom of diabetes. In fact, an individual experiencing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) could have no symptoms at all. But, the most commonly-experienced high blood sugar symptoms include:
- Always being hungry
- Frequent urination and/or urination during the night
- Dry and itchy skin
- Daily fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excess abdominal fat/weight gain
- Recurrent infections
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Nerve problems
- Stomach problems
Whether you are looking to lose weight, trying to reverse high blood sugar symptoms, or you are seeking an overall healthful eating plan, focusing on blood sugar is a good starting place to achieve your goals.
You’re Thirsty, and You Have to Go
Thirst and frequent urination are two classic signs caused by too much sugar in your blood. As your kidneys work harder to filter out the sugar, they also pull more fluids from your tissues, which is why you have to go to the bathroom more often than usual.
You’re Wiped Out
Fatigue is another signal that your blood sugar isn’t under control. When sugar is staying in your bloodstream instead of being diverted to your body’s cells, your muscles don’t get enough fuel to use for energy. You might feel only a little tired, or your fatigue might be so bad that you need a nap. Sometimes people with high blood sugar feel especially tired after eating a big meal.
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.
Exercise, illness, and longevity
A proper exercise program will help men delay many of the changes of aging, particularly when they combine it with other preventive measures (see “Not by exercise alone,” below). And the same program can help ward off many of the chronic illnesses that too often tarnish a man’s golden years.
Not by exercise alone
Exercise is one way to slow the aging process, but it works best in combination with other measures.
You’re Losing Your Sight
High blood sugar and high blood pressure both can damage the sensitive structures in your eyes and threaten your vision. Damage to the blood vessels in the eye, is the biggest cause of blindness in adults. Blurred vision, spots, lines, or flashing lights are signs. Get your blood sugar in check now, before your vision has a chance to deteriorate.
You’re Losing Weight
Losing unwanted pounds is always a good idea to manage health. But if you’re losing weight quickly, without trying, or without doing anything different, it may be a sign that your blood sugar is too high. When your glucose is high, it gets flushed out of the body in urine, taking the calories and fluids you consume with it.
You Have Recurring Infections
Frequent or recurring infections are sometimes a sign of high blood sugar. You might experience gum disease, urinary tract infections, bacterial or fungal infections of the skin, or, if you’re a woman, yeast infections. Other infections might include pneumonia and respiratory infections, kidney and gallbladder infections, and severe bacterial middle ear and fungal sinus infections.
Cuts and Bruises Won’t Heal
If your blood sugar isn’t well controlled, you might find that cuts and bruises are slow to heal. Infections themselves can also worsen blood sugars, which makes it even harder for your immune system to fight off the infection.
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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