Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 23, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a recent clinical trial on heart disease conducted at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack and another 470,000 who have already had one or more coronary attacks have another attack. The heart, although amazingly resilient, can be worn down by an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. But this recent study has now revealed C-reactive protein is another likely culprit.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/this-protein-linked-to-heart-disease), a research team at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences has shown in a recent clinical trial that increased C-reactive protein (CRP) levels are associated with coronary heart disease, stroke, and death. The key to avoiding this health dilemma, the researchers say, is to exercise. This helps to prevent cardiovascular disorders by reducing inflammation, including blood levels of CRP.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “This Protein Linked to Heart Disease,” states that to back up their claims, the research team conducted a large population-based study. The association of different intensities of physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and CRP levels in blood was examined in the 3,001 study participants. The researchers made adjustments for markers of body fat, including waist circumference and body mass index (BMI)
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also notes that a physical activity questionnaire was used for evaluating the duration and intensity of physical activity. Total physical activity was calculated by tracking the intensity of the participants’ exercise. CRP concentrations in the blood were then measured.
The researchers found that the blood levels of CRP significantly correlated with the total amount of physical activity each participant recorded. The researcher broke down total physical activity into three subgroups: duration of vigorous-intensity activity; duration of moderate-intensity activity; and duration of sedentary behaviors.
After adjustments for age, area of residence, BMI, waist circumference, smoking, and diabetes, the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the researchers stated that physical activity (of both moderate and vigorous intensity) is inversely associated with CRP levels. This remained true independent of diabetes and body fat levels.
(SOURCE: Esteghamati, A., et al., “Physical inactivity is correlated with levels of quantitative C-reactive protein in serum, independent of obesity: results of the national surveillance of risk factors of non-communicable diseases in Iran,” J. Health Popul. Nutr., Mar. 2012; 30(1): 66–72.)
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