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Endurance exercise may be "the fountain of youth" according to a new Canadian study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the effects of endurance exercise on aging.

Anti-aging Study

Canadian researchers found that endurance exercise offered protection against premature aging in mice genetically engineered to age faster than normal.

Mice that ran on a treadmill three times a week for five months looked as young as regular mice. Mice who didn't exercise were balding, graying, less fertile and socially isolated according to the researchers.

"Many people falsely believe that the benefits of exercise will be found in a pill," said principal investigator Mark Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine, said in news release. "We have clearly shown that there is no substitute for the 'real thing' of exercise when it comes to protection from aging."

Tarnopolsky noted that other researchers "have tried to treat these animals with 'exercise pill' drugs and have even tried to reduce their caloric intake, a strategy felt to be the most effective for slowing aging, and these were met with limited success."

"Exercise truly is the fountain of youth," lead author Adeel Safdar, a senior Ph.D. student, also said in the news release.

SOURCE: McMaster University, news release, Feb. 21, 2011

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