Studies suggest that running a marathon can cause men to age as long as 10 years.
He surveyed men over the age of 40 who participated in at least 10 endurance events and found that the major arteries were much stiffer than expected in that age group.
Overall, men who regularly attend events such as marathons, Iron Man contests, and competitive cycling find that their blood vessel age is 10 years older than their chronological age, which may increase their risk of heart attack and stroke. Experts warned that there was.
However, a study of more than 300 regular athletes found that women who participated in endurance events improved their health.
The vascular age of female athletes was about the same as the actual age, and on certain measures, the vascular age was 6 years younger than the actual age.
Scientists said studies funded by the British Heart Foundation and Young’s Heart Risk cannot explain why the effects of such events differ between men and women.
Other studies have shown that changes in organs can occur when it becomes difficult to move the heart and pump blood around the body.
Researchers have said that exercise generally reduces the risk of heart and cardiovascular problems, and the benefits of moderate and regular activity for heart health are well known.
They added that further research is needed to determine why endurance events can adversely affect male arteries.
This unpeer-reviewed study was presented at a conference of the British Cardiovascular Society in Manchester.
In this study, researchers from three London hospitals studied the same number of men and women among more than 300 “master” athletes.
They were all over 40 and participated in more than 10 endurance events, exercising regularly for at least 10 years.
An MRI scan of the heart was used to determine the stiffness of the aorta. The aorta carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body and the brain.
Researchers have found that the male aorta is stiffer, averaging 9.6 years older than the chronological age.
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