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Fitness and Fatness Independently Linked With CVD Risk Factors

February 7, 2012 |

Maintaining or improving current fitness levels, as well as not packing on the fat pounds, are both independently associated with a lower risk of developing hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and hypercholesterolemia in healthy adults, research shows [1].”We know that people who exercise will lose weight and improve their fitness, but in the real world, some people don’t lose weight even though they might gain some fitness,” Dr Duck-chul Lee (University of South Carolina, Columbia) told heartwire . “Some of these people might stop exercising because they expected to lose weight and haven’t, but this study shows that they should also be aware about their changes in fitness. Even though they don’t lose weight, if they increase their fitness, they can offset some of the negative effects of being overweight.”

The results of the study, an analysis of the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS), a prospective study of individuals who received preventive medical examinations, are published online February 6, 2012 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Fitness and Fatness Both Important

To heartwire , Lee noted that fitness and fatness are two variables that consistently change over time in individuals and that there are many diverse combinations of fitness and fatness in US adults. In fact, the “fit-fat” paradox has been demonstrated in some studies, showing that improvements in fitness can eliminate the harmful effects of fatness and suggesting that fit but fat individuals might not develop health problems.

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Source:  by Michael O’Riordan, from Heartwire, on Medscape News Today at

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