Introduction Lack of exercise and a highly sedentary lifestyle are two major contributors to serious health problems among older adults. As people get older, they tend to significantly reduce the amount of physical activity they do. This can lead to heart disease, obesity, and an increased risk of falls. The fear of falling is one… Read More
Resistance Training & Insulin Resistance in Elderly Men
Research Paper Title Resistance training attenuates circulating FGF-21 and myostatin and improves insulin resistance in elderly men with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus: A randomised controlled clinical trial. Background Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF-21) and myostatin have been proposed to be potential therapeutic target for insulin resistance in age-related metabolic disorders including type 2… Read More
Does a Lifetime of Regular Exercise Slow down Ageing?
A group of older people who have exercised all of their lives, were compared to a group of similarly aged adults and younger adults who do not exercise regularly. The results showed that those who have exercised regularly have defied the ageing process, having the immunity, muscle mass, and cholesterol levels of a young person.… Read More
Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older Clients
Why is Falling a Problem? Falls are a significant health risk for older adults, with approximately one in three community-dwelling people aged 65 years or older falling every year, and the risk of falling increasing with age. In addition, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation, accounting for some 40% of injury-related hospitalisations. That is compared to 12% for transport… Read More
What are the Benefits to Older Adults of Exceeding the WHO Recommended Exercise Levels?
New research has shown that older adults who exercised above current recommended levels were twice as likely to avoid health conditions, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and be in optimal physical and mental shape. New research has shown that older adults who exercise above current recommended levels have a reduced risk of… Read More
5 Simple Ways to Maximise Your Brain Health
The Alzheimer’s Australia ‘Your Brain Matter’ programme provides a checklist to see if a person is taking steps to keep their brain healthy and reduce their risk of dementia. The five steps are: Step 1: Look after your heart: I have had my blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose) and weight checked in the last… Read More
Are You Growing Older with Health & Vitality?
Research Paper Title Growing older with health and vitality: a nexus of physical activity, exercise and nutrition. Background The preservation of skeletal muscle mass and strength with advancing age are, the researchers propose, critical aspects of ageing with health and vitality. Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are known to accelerate the gradual age-related decline in… Read More
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