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Football training counteracts aging and is good for the heart
Several scientific studies have already shown that exercise can keep you fit and healthy into old age. A current study has now shown that soccer training is particularly suitable for this. It sets in motion mechanisms that counteract aging and are good for the heart in the long term.
Sport keeps you young and healthy
On average, seniors are more fit than ever before. A major reason for this is that it has become popular among older people to exercise regularly. Studies show that physical fitness keeps the heart and brain young. Exercise is a way to stay younger than you are. A recent study has now shown that soccer training is particularly well suited for this. It slows down aging and is good for the heart.
Long-term positive effects on heart health
Regular exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Football in particular obviously has a particularly positive impact here.
Because like the German Society for Cardiology - Cardiovascular Research e. V. writes in a communication published by the Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (idw) that football training at the cellular level triggers mechanisms that counteract the aging process and can have positive long-term effects on heart health.
PD Dr. Christian Werner (Saarland University Hospital, Homburg) reported at the congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Munich.
Higher telomerase activity
According to the study authors, the influence of football training on markers of so-called cellular senescence, a technical term for aging and the associated organic processes, has not yet been investigated.
The international research team therefore examined the telomer length and telomerase activity of 140 young and older male soccer players and compared them with untrained study participants.
As the experts explain, telomeres are protective caps on the ends of the chromosomes, they become shorter and shorter with each cell division during life. If there is not enough of them left, the cell stops dividing.
Telomerase is an enzyme in the cell nucleus that restores telomeres. The enzyme activity of telomerase can be determined using the so-called TRAP method.
Blood samples that were analyzed as part of the study showed, among other things, that young soccer players had a higher telomerase activity than the physically inactive control group.
In addition, the researchers found that younger and older soccer players showed increased activity in connection with the telomer stabilizing TRF 2 (Telomer Repeat-binding factor 2) than in the physically inactive control group. (ad)