Exercise in Older Adults: The Effect of Age on Exercise Endocrinology

  • Jennifer L. CopelandEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)


It is indisputable that exercise is beneficial to health and quality of life as we age, and one of the proposed mechanisms by which exercise promotes successful aging is through its impact on endocrine function. Exercise alters circulating hormone concentrations as well as the expression of locally produced hormones and hormone receptors, and the balance of evidence suggests these responses still occur in elderly individuals if a sufficient dose of activity is achieved. In light of the current rate of population aging, there is considerable incentive to understand the relationships between exercise, endocrine function, and successful aging.


Physical activity Bone mineral density Growth hormone Resistance training Resistance exercise 


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