Moderate Intensity Walking May Reduce Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio in Men With Hypercholesterolemia
Researchers at the University of West of England tested the current physical activity guidelines in its ability to improve cholesterol levels in men with current high cholesterol. The study, published in
, found that the home program made significant changes in
About the Study
Researchers recruited 67 men with high cholesterol. The men were
- Total cholesterol/HDL ratio was significantly lower in the trial group.
- The trial group lost more weight.
- A decrease in triglycerides and an increase in HDLs in the trial group was found to be only borderline significant.
There was a 97.6% compliance rate in the walking group.
How Does This Affect You?
Lack of physical activity is a known risk factor for heart disease. The short-term activity program followed here did show some benefit to improving cholesterol scores. The high compliance rate indicates that a basic
Develop a plan with your doctor to manage your cholesterol levels. Add preventative steps to keep your cholesterol at desired levels. Lifestyle changes may include:
American Heart Association
National Cholesterol Education Program
Coghill N, Cooper AR. The effect of a home-based walking program on risk factors for coronary heart disease in hypercholesterolaemic men. A randomized controlled trial. Prev Med . 2008 Jun;46(6):545-51.
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