Journal of Aging Research

Aging, Physical Activity, and Disease Prevention


Publishing date
01 Mar 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Sep 2010

Lead Editor
Guest Editors

1Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA

2Department of Neurology, Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, Giessen, Germany


Aging, Physical Activity, and Disease Prevention

Description

Physical inactivity is the 4th highest attributable risk of death in USA and when combined with its associated effect of overweight/obesity, it becomes the 2nd highest risk of death, just behind cigarette smoking. Moreover, five out of the six highest risk factors for death are favorably modified by increased physical activity. Despite this strong relationship to disease mortality, up to 78% of the population still does not exercise regularly. There are many basic questions that remain unanswered concerning physical activity and disease prevention. For example, the majority of older men and women in USA are now abdominally obese, which is prevalent even among those with sarcopenia. This finding has led to the term “sarcopenic obesity.” For the first time, abdominal obesity is more prevalent than general obesity, yet little information has been disseminated on the role of physical activity and its potential mechanisms for the prevention or treatment of this key contributor of metabolic disease.

In spite of accumulating evidence that increased physical activity can slow or reduce the risk of developing many chronic conditions, insufficient data is available to make specific recommendations for the optimal type or amount of exercise needed for disease prevention. Nevertheless, the average exercise dose in randomized controlled exercise intervention studies is below that recommended by professional organizations. Thus, the impact of physical activity on disease prevention may be underestimated in many previous investigations.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles, as well as review articles, which stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the role of physical activity in the prevention or treatment of diseases influenced by primary or secondary aging. Disorders that may not be prevented through increased physical activity but have clinical symptoms that can be slowed by exercise interventions, such as neuromuscular disease or movement disorders, and cognitive dysfunction would also be of interest. We are particularly interested in the application of physical activity to those diseases or risk factors that have the highest impact on public health. Potential topics include, but not limited to:

  • Recent developments in the role of physical activity as an intervention for risk of cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and metabolic disease or cognitive dysfunction
  • Physical activity as an intervention for slowing the progression of clinical symptoms of neuromuscular disease or movement disorders
  • Advances in the role of genomics in influencing the effects of physical activity on health or disease outcomes
  • Comparative studies of pharmacological agents and exercise interventions for prevention and/or treatment of disease
  • Comparative studies of various exercise modalities as interventions for disease prevention
  • Role of physical activity in the cell signaling of pathways known to promote or inhibit disease processes

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 782546
  • - Editorial

Aging, Physical Activity, and Disease Prevention

Ben Hurley | Iris Reuter
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 302802
  • - Research Article

Eicosanoid Production following One Bout of Exercise in Middle-Aged African American Pre- and Stage 1 Hypertensives

Sheara Williamson | Deepti Varma | ... | Susan Jansen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 505928
  • - Research Article

Aging and the Social Cognitive Determinants of Physical Activity Behavior and Behavior Change: Evidence from the Guide to Health Trial

Eileen Smith Anderson-Bill | Richard A. Winett | ... | David M. Williams
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 741918
  • - Review Article

Physical Activity and Hip Fracture Disability: A Review

Ray Marks
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 147929
  • - Research Article

Physical and Leisure Activity in Older Community-Dwelling Canadians Who Use Wheelchairs: A Population Study

Krista L. Best | William C. Miller
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 234696
  • - Research Article

Effects of Tai Chi Training on Antioxidant Capacity in Pre- and Postmenopausal Women

Attakorn Palasuwan | Daroonwan Suksom | ... | Anne-Sophie Rousseau
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 420714
  • - Research Article

The Impact of Physical Activity on Disability Incidence among Older Adults in Mexico and the United States

Kerstin Gerst | Alejandra Michaels-Obregon | Rebeca Wong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 232473
  • - Research Article

Effects of a Flexibility and Relaxation Programme, Walking, and Nordic Walking on Parkinson's Disease

I. Reuter | S. Mehnert | ... | M. Engelhardt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 651931
  • - Research Article

Higher Levels and Intensity of Physical Activity Are Associated with Reduced Mortality among Community Dwelling Older People

Eva Hrobonova | Elizabeth Breeze | Astrid E. Fletcher
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 578609
  • - Research Article

Physical Performance Is Associated with Executive Functioning in Older African American Women

Brooke C. Schneider | Peter A. Lichtenberg
Journal of Aging Research
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