Ageing has long-lasting effects on out body all the way down to the cellular level. The effect on the older cells which do not regenerate as easily is more pronounced. This is mainly because the mitochondria of these cells are not able to function efficiently. Mitochondria are responsible for the release of energy in the cell during respiration. Energy which is needed to perform various activities including growth and repair.
A recent article published by Cell Metabolism sheds new light on the much talked about methods of reversing mitochondrial damage.
A ground-breaking study undertaken by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, suggests that there is hope for worn out mitochondria through specific type of exercises.
Its common knowledge that exercise is beneficial for us but it’s surprising to find out that scientists know very little about the exact mechanisms which produce these effects and how the vary according to the age and health of the individual.
Experiments were carried out between a group of 74 people, who were either ounger than 30 or older than 64. The common factor between them is that they lived rather inactive lives.
Initially, their standard measurements for blood sugar, gene activity and other levels related to cardiovascular fitness were determined. They were then chosen at random for various levels of fitness training.