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Exercise and Aging

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Too Old to Exercise? Studies Say No!

Together, exercise and lifestyle changes, such as becoming more active and eating healthy food, reduce the risk of diabetes in high-risk older people.

*In one study, lifestyle changes led to a 71 percent decrease in diabetes among people 60 and older.

*In another study, moderate exercise was effective at reducing stress and sleep problems in older women caring for a family member with dementia.

Older people who exercise moderately are able to fall asleep quickly, sleep for longer periods, and get better quality of sleep. Researchers also found that exercise, which can improve balance, reduced falls among older people by 33 percent.Walking and strength-building exercises by people with knee osteoarthritis help reduce pain and maintain function and quality of life.

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