Wednesday, 13 May 2015
EXCERCISE DELAYS AGE-RELATED HIGH CHOLESTEROL IN MEN
Men who get plenty of aerobic exercise may delay the onset of age-related high cholesterol, potentially lowering their risk for heart disease. Men who can run longer and faster – signs that their bodies more easily deliver oxygen to muscles – also have lower cholesterol.
The benefits of physical fitness in improving cholesterol levels are greatest in young to middle-age adults and tend to decrease gradually with older age. These findings reinforce the importance of young to middle-age men incorporating regular aerobic exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
There is very strong evidence that being active is beneficial throughout life not only for cardiovascular disease but for a very large number of chronic diseases and for osteoporosis and fractures. To achieve the fitness levels necessary to ward off age-related high cholesterol, men should get 150 minutes a week of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. These activities might include walking, running, swimming or cycling. It does not matter how old men are when they exercise; they can benefit at any stage. Of course, the younger they start exercise, the later the onset of high cholesterol, especially before 60 years old when cholesterol tends to increase with aging.