The aorta is our healthy blood highway, effectively transporting our bloody supply to our peripheral tissues. When we are young, most of our large arteries are termed, elastic, but they stiffen as we age. Aortic stiffness, when our blood vessels resisted changes in shape and the ability to adapt to the vagaries of blood pumping through our body at high pressure, is the result of many biochemical factors. And, aortic stiffness is a part of aging. Changing lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity may help offset age-related increases in aortic stiffness. Although aerobic exercise generally has favorable effects on aortic structure and function, the research in this area has been mostly about exercise alone may not be sufficient to improve aortic stiffness in older adults with obesity.
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