Light Daily Exercise Slow The Aging Process – Part 2 of 3
Appreciation for how telomeres function and how stress might affect their size stems from previous Nobel-prize winning work conducted by UCSF researchers. Prior studies have also suggested that exercise is in some way associated with longer telomere length. The current effort, however, is the blue ribbon to identify exercise as a potential “stress-buffer” that can actually stop telomeres from shortening in the first place.
To identify this link, Epel and her co-authors focused on 62 postmenopausal women, and asked them to log how many minutes of in good physical activity – namely activity that increased their heart rate or induced sweating – they had completed every day over three days. Perceptions of note were also solicited, and the researchers took blood samples to determine telomere length.