Exercise training and the control of skin blood flow in older adults

J Nutr Health Aging. 2012 Mar;16(3):237-41. doi: 10.1007/s12603-011-0156-8.


The ability to control skin blood flow decreases with primary aging, making older adults less able to adequately thermoregulate and repair cutaneous wounds. Lifestyle factors such as physical activity, diet, and smoking might interact with the aging process to modulate "normal" age-associated changes in the cutaneous microcirculation. The main focus of this brief review is the effects of exercise training on the control of skin blood flow in older adults.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / physiology
  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Body Temperature Regulation / physiology
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Regional Blood Flow / physiology
  • Skin / blood supply*