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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Senior Health:Gene fuels age-related obesity and diabetes ♦ Exercise can improve brain function in older adults ♦ Everyday access to nature improves quality of life in older adult

Everyday access to nature improves quality of life in older adult Natural environments are known to promote physical, mental, and spiritual healing. People can attain health benefits by spending time outside, often in remote places to 'get away from it all.' Now research shows that green and 'blue' spaces are especially beneficial for healthy aging in seniors.
Gender differences play key role in supporting healthy diets for seniors Strategies to support healthier diets among seniors need to take into account differences between elderly men and women. The study explored which types of social support encouraged seniors to boost their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Gene fuels age-related obesity and diabetes Practically everyone gets fatter as they get older, but some people can blame their genes for the extra padding. Researchers have shown that two different mutations in a gene called ankyrin-B cause cells to suck up glucose faster than normal, fattening them up and eventually leading to the type of diabetes linked to obesity.
Exercise can improve brain function in older adults Older adults can improve brain function by raising their fitness level, new research suggests. The research indicated that the intensity of the exercise appeared to matter more than the duration.

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