A person needs to be in constant motion, it has been proven that a sedentary lifestyle or spending several hours sitting down affects the body. And now new research shows that walking is one of the healthiest activities, especially as you age.
This study – conducted by researchers at the University of Leicester and published in the journal Communication biology_confirms the link between faster walking and slower aging.
In their work, the researchers relied on an extensive genetic database. Confirming the causal relationship between walking speed and leukocyte telomere length (LTL), an indicator of biological age, the researchers estimated that in middle age, faster walking could translate to the equivalent of 16 years younger than the biological age.
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Genomic data from 405,981 people in the UK, all of middle age, were reviewed. There they noticed that faster walking, regardless of the amount of physical activity, is associated with longer telomeres (a special DNA sequence located at the ends of chromosomes).
Experts believe that LTLs are strong markers of biological age, regardless of date of birth.
The accumulation of these cells is thought to contribute to a variety of symptoms associated with aging, such as debilitation and age-related diseases.
Despite the relationship between telomere length and disease, many questions remain.
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It has previously been shown that 10 minutes of brisk walking is associated with an increased life expectancy and that those who walk this way have a life expectancy of up to 20 years longer, compared to those who walk slowly. (me)
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