OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
Exercise studies are lacking in populations of older women. For some reason, scientists seem fixated on conducting exercise studies in young and older men. But here’s one for the books:
A study was conducted to investigate the effect of resistance training performed on muscular strength, muscle mass, mobility and hormonal responses in older women.
Twenty-five older women with an average age of 67 +/- 5 years were studied for an 8 week period of exercise with a 12 week washout period between exercise regimens. Two exercise periods were performed and levels of testosterone and IGF-1 were studied in the women pre- and post-intervention.
The results? EXCELLENT!
Significant increases were observed in both groups for muscular strength, knee extension and for skeletal muscle mass. There were no significant effects for IGF-1 and testosterone.
The results suggest that exercise is effective for promoting positive adaptations in muscular strength and hypertrophy in older women.
Exercise should be included in any custom designed anti aging program and adjusted as the client can include more exercise and strengthening in their personal regimen.
PS: Walking, Yoga and Tai Chi are exercises! Clients don’t necessarily need to be throwing around weights in a gym to get healthy.
Yours in Health!
Dr. Ken Romeo
Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research Foundation (HARF) in Reno, NV.
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