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Study: Regular Exercise Boosts Healing

Friday, 28 April 2006 12:00 AM

Regular exercise can boost the healing process by as much as 25 percent, according to a fascinating study from Ohio State University.

Dr. Charles Emery and his colleagues gave small puncture wounds to 28 sedentary men and women between the ages of 55 and 77.

Half the group remained inactive over the next three months, while the other half did both one hour of aerobic exercises and strength training three times a week.

It turned out that the wounds healed an average of 10 days faster (29 versus 39 days) in the group that exercised.

"Exercise increases circulation and helps regulated the immune system and hormones that influence the healing process," explained Emery.

Though the study involved healthy volunteers Emery believes that exercise can also help speed healing for individuals who are traditionally slow to heal, such as diabetics.

The study appeared in the Journals of Gerontology.

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