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As you've no doubt noticed, the word "synergy" is used today in many fields. In short, it describes the uniting of energies or knowledge from two or more fields of study. To apply this definition to our purposes, let us assume that when one unites the knowledge and application of scientifically backed nutrition with the proven benefits of an exercise program, the overall payoff is greater than if nutrition or exercise alone is used as an approach to health. Now, let's see not only why we should use this synergistic philosophy, but also how these two elements work so well together when developing an anti-aging program.

First, as I have written in the past, we know that there are certain identifiable biological marks of aging. These markers are valuable because they quantify the results. When we look at these biological markers, for instance, it becomes quite clear that they can be influenced both by what we eat and how we move our bodies. (Of course, it also matters how we think, but let's stay within these two dimensions of health for the purpose of this article).

Two such biological markers, insulin resistance (which causes high levels of blood-glucose; amongst other problems) and growth hormone production (along with its inability to penetrate cells), are surefire signs that the body is breaking down and aging. Insulin resistance is directly related to food consumption, while growth hormone production is related to intense exercise and sleep. Growth hormone uptake is greatly influenced by two key factors: a.) The permeability of the cell; and b.) The glucose level in the bloodstream. Let us look at these functions in depth.

Insulin resistance is not a sudden problem, nor is the slowing of growth hormone production — or perhaps more importantly, the inability of cells to uptake growth hormone. Both insulin resistance and diminishing growth hormone uptake occur over a period of time as cells become hardened in relationship to insulin being secreted by the pancreas (which is in direct relationship with overeating and/or eating too many high-glycemic carbohydrates), thereby slowing down or blocking the ability of insulin's primary job - storing nutrients in cells.

Consequently, since cells become hardened and not as easily permeable as they were during one's youth, growth hormone absorption is affected by this insulin-prompted resistance. In other words, everyone eventually begins to become insulin resistant (and, therefore, hormone resistant). Nonetheless, how quickly you become insulin resistant is greatly related to how and what you eat. And as we age, those in our culture tend to do far less physical activity, which promotes growth hormone production.

But even if you exercise just the right amount and at the right intensity, resisting the optimal amount of time for growth and healing to take effect, it is ultimately the efficiency of the hormonal communication between organs (hypothalamus to pituitary) and organ (pituitary) to cell that predicts the efficacy of growth hormone's entry and use on a cellular level.

- Taken from Exercise For Men Only (Paul Burke's Over-40 Fitness Column)