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J Nutr Biochem. 2000 Nov;11(11-12):581-584.

Urinary 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) as a marker of oxidative stress in rheumatoid arthritis and aging: effect of progressive resistance training.

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Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA


Urinary 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), as a measure of oxidative stress, was measured before and after 12 weeks of progressive resistance strength training in 8 healthy elderly (65-80 yr) and eight healthy young (22-30 yr) men and women, and in eight adults (25-65 yr) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).Training subjects exercised at 80% of their one-repetition maximum and performed eight repetitions per set, three sets per session, on a twice-weekly basis. 8-OHdG was measured at baseline and follow-up (at least 24 hr after the last exercise session) in the RA and elderly subject groups, and at baseline only in young subjects.Baseline 8-OHdG levels were greater among subjects with RA compared to both healthy young (P < 0.001) and elderly (P < 0.05) subjects. There were no changes in 8-OHdG levels in either RA or elderly subjects as a result of the strength training intervention.These results suggest that subjects with RA have higher levels of oxidative stress than young and elderly healthy individuals. Furthermore, there is no change in oxidative stress, measured by urinary 8-OHdG, in elderly healthy individuals or in subjects with RA after a 12-week strength training intervention.

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