Increasing Your “Good” Cholesterol

February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Just an extra hour each week of moderate physical activity like walking, weight lifting, and bowling or half an hour of vigorous exercise like hiking, dancing, and basketball can boost heart health in the long run, but to varying degrees depending on race and gender.

Researchers charted how heart disease risk factors, such as high cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats), responded to different types of exercise over nine years in almost 9,000 people. All participants who started exercising more improved their HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, regardless of gender or race, but only white people got the added benefit of lower triglycerides. Women, but not men, reduced LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, with black women showing the biggest drops. Despite the differences, which were not explained, the bottom line is the same for all: exercise makes you healthier.

*Adapted from the Journal of Lipid Research, 2009*

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