(PRWEB) November 06, 2012
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Research conducted at the Methodist Hospital and scheduled to be published in the Journal of Lipid Research suggests that exercise can actually increase the production of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that can be bad for people because it forms deposits that line and clog arteries. Although clogged arteries contribute to heart disease, it’s worth noting that not all cholesterol is bad. Humans need some blood cholesterol because it's used to build cells and make vital hormones.
In the groundbreaking research study, subjects were assigned to an intensive exercise group or a second group that offered education on lifestyle changes. After following the participants for one year the exercise group had significant improvements in their body fat percentages, fitness levels and blood sugar levels. Additionally, the exercise group also had their HDL cholesterol levels increase almost ten percent compared to the education group which showed no improvement.
'High density lipoprotein (HDL), or 'good' cholesterol, transports cholesterol away from the arteries, back to the liver. ‘Good’ cholesterol can be found in foods that have unsaturated fats such as vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Saturated fats found in food like meat, cheese, cream, butter and processed pastries tend to raise the LDL cholesterol, which delivers cholesterol to the arteries.
According to lead researcher Dr. Christie Ballantyne “What we're learning is that even overweight people who are physically active and eating a healthy diet are getting benefits from the lifestyle change. When you exercise and diet, you're improving the function of your adipose tissue, your heart and vascular systems, and even muscle performance. You're getting a lot of benefits that you may not see by just looking at the weight on a scale.”
The research indicates regular exercise not only improves your physique but it can actually improve your internal molecular structure.
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