Cycling Slows Down Ageing by Boosting Immune System, Finds Study


In men, testosterone levels remained high.

Cycling can keep down the impacts of Aging and rejuvenate the Immune System, a study has found. Exercise regularly as researchers have found that staying active may defy the process of ageing as well as it keeps you healthy.

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

They compared them to 75 people their own age who did not exercise and also to 55 young adults aged 20 to 36 who didn't exercise.

Researchers from Kings College London and the University of Birmingham examined benchmarks of health that typically decline with age on 125 male and female cyclists between the ages of 55 and 79. The men had to be able to cycle 100km (62 miles) in under six and a half hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 60km (37 miles) in five and a half hours.

The participants provided blood samples and muscle biopsy samples, which were then compared to a group of healthy adults who did not take part in regular physical activity.

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Middle aged men seeking to slow down aging, maintain high libido and ultimately hold back the male menopause need to embrace cycling, a new study has revealed.

The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not occur in those who exercise regularly.

An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T cells, starts to shrink from the age of 20 and makes less T cells. Be that as it may, the thymuses of more seasoned cyclists were observed to create the same number of T-cells as those of youngsters.

Professor Stephen Harridge, director of the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King's College London, said: "The findings emphasise the fact that the cyclists do not exercise because they are healthy, but that they are healthy because they have been exercising for such a large proportion of their lives".

We already know that regular exercise reduces risk of diseases associated with aging, like cardiovascular problems.

"Their bodies have been allowed to age optimally, free from the problems usually caused by inactivity". "Our future studies in this cohort will aim to test immune function, notably the response to vaccination, as a clinical proof of the beneficial impact of physical activity on adaptive immune function in old age", they conclude.