Friday, April 11, 2014

Marathon training may reduce cardiovascular risk.

The NPR (3/28, Shute) “Shots” blog reports that research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s scientific sessions suggests that “marathon training...reduces a person’s cardiovascular risk.”

        HealthDay (3/28, Preidt) reports that the study included “45 men, aged 35 to 65, who were recreational runners planning to run the 2013 Boston Marathon.” The researchers found that “after completing training, the men had a 5 percent drop in bad cholesterol, a 4 percent decrease in total cholesterol, a 15 percent decline in triglycerides and a 1 percent fall in body-mass index.” Additionally, “peak oxygen consumption...declined by 4 percent.”

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