Exercise protects against age-related consequences
Scientists at Monash University in Australia have discovered a key enzyme to the reason why exercise is good for our health. This discovery opens the door to the development of drugs that can promote the enzyme’s activity and protect against the effects of aging, such as type 2 diabetes, on our metabolic health.
In the next 30 years, the proportion of Australians aged 65 and older will double. Type 2 diabetes is more common with age, so the aging population in general will see an increase of this disease.
Insulin resistance or the inability of the body to respond insulin is a major cause of diabetes type 2. This is usually caused by a reduction in physical activity with age.