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How exercise in old age prevents the immune system from declining

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Rooster1, 8 Mar 2018.

  1. Rooster1

    Rooster1 May the Porg Be With You

    Doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people against infections, scientists say.

    They followed 125 long-distance cyclists, some now in their 80s, and found they had the immune systems of 20-year-olds.

    One elderly cyclist said he had the body fat of a 19-year-old

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  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I've seen some pretty fat 19 years olds.
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  3. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    I believe "all out" efforts suppress your immune system in the short term. But i guess there must be longer term benefits for this "exercise".

    I have the body of a 19 year old too. An 19 year old golden retriever. Very lumpy. Need pushed into cars. Fart a lot. Not much else.
  4. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    Prof Lazarus, known to some of us as 'Namron', has been lecturing long-distance cyclists on nutrition for years. He's run a least a couple of pieces of research along similar lines, mostly using AUK members as guinea pigs.
  5. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

  6. Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    True, after an all out effort I’ll get some kind of cold or virus.
  7. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    This wasn't about all out efforts. More about the volume of exercise.
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  8. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

  9. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Beware of media headlines and sound bites, they don't convey the whole picture, and are prone to distort the results of good science research for the sake of attention grabbing.

    If your don't want to read the whole of the scientific results, just read the conclusion then:


    This study has characterised the physiological phenotype of a group of highly active, non-elite, older athletes, who we contend represent a model of inherent healthy human ageing. Despite studying a large number and diverse range of indices, it was not possible to identify a physiological marker that could be used to reliably predict the age of a given individual. Rather, we have found that the relationship between chronological age and most functions is complex, as is highlighted by the wide range of ages accommodated in any given bandwidth of function. The biological ageing process, even when free from confounding factors, is thus likely to be highly individualistic. Our results provide further support for the need for comprehensive longitudinal studies of human ageing using appropriate cohorts and taking physical activity into account, if the relationship between age and physiological function is to be elucidated and reliable biomarkers of ageing obtained.
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  10. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    South Wales
    You don t see many obese 80 year olds though.
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  11. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Probably because they don't get out much? :whistle:

    My dad was 83 when he died and he was certainly pretty overweight by then. He had been stuck in bed for a year, but up until his last few weeks he ate as if he were still mobile.
  12. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    Probably, being blunt, most are dead or bedbound by then.
  13. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    anyone got a synopsis of the conclusion ?
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  14. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    KEEP ON RIDING! :okay:
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  15. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    A ride a day keeps the doctor away.