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Excerpt Ageless Athletic Assassin: Page 210
AGELESS BODY THRU FITNESS
Per Dr. Jordan Metzl, sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are the most expensive diseases in the United States - America spends more than $200 billion per year treating these diseases and their complications. With over 400 million people worldwide with diabetes, experts estimate that diabetes speeds up the aging process by 33% - damaging the body from the inside out. Excess blood sugar destroys blood vessels resulting in wrinkling of skin to more severe effects such as heart disease, blindness, stroke, leg amputations, and Alzheimer’s. Rather than pay huge sums for disease treatment, we should be encouraging our patients and communities to be active and exercise daily. Exercise should become a daily habit just like brushing your teeth everyday.
If you want beautiful soft skin instead of the wrinkles that tend to appear as you get older, people who exercise have skin that look ten to twenty years younger than their actual age. Beautiful skin has to do with collagen, a connective tissue between skin and muscle. Exercise boosts collagen production to keep your skin firm, while preserving healthy levels of cortisol, a primary stress hormone, to reduce sebum and fight off pimples. Also, too much alcohol dehydrates your skin and dilates your blood vessels.
For fad diet fanatics, repeatedly gaining and losing weight can stretch the skin and make it sag. Instead make a lifestyle change by getting your macronutrients and healthy calories.
Inside the body as we age, our cell renewal process slows down. Telomeres are an essential part of the repetitive DNA which protects the end of chromosomes from deterioration sort of like having a strong plastic end to your shoelace. Telomeres become shorter as you get older and longer telomeres are associated with longevity. After adjusting for smoking, obesity, alcohol use, gender, race and other factors, Larry Tucker of BYU found in his study that people who exercised the most had significantly longer telomeres than those who were couch potatoes. The most sedentary people had 140 fewer base pairs of DNA at the ends of their telomeres, compared to the most active - a difference of about nine years of cellular aging.
People who did vigorous exercise - at least 5 days of exercise a week, had telomeres that signaled about seven fewer years of biological aging compared to people who did moderate levels of activity. If you love life and want to live longer to accomplish all of your dreams, start exercising.