|Exercise Cuts Heart & Diabetes Risk Factors|
Regular exercise can reduce the incidence of a deadly combination of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes in middle-aged and older people.
issue of the American Journal of Preventive
Metabolic syndrome is defined as having three or more of six major risk factors for cardiovascular disease: obesity, high blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar readings, a tendency to form blood clots, and high blood levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.
After six months, there were no new cases of metabolic syndrome in the exercise group, and nine of them no longer had the syndrome. While the syndrome was no longer present in eight of the people in the sedentary group who had it at the start, four new cases were diagnosed in that group.
The weightlifting part of the program had participants in a 20-minute session in which they did two sets of 12 to 15 lifts each, with weights tailored to individual ability.
"carefully" is the keynote, especially
for older and sedentary
people, Fletcher said, because of the possibility
of injury to unused muscles. Exercise programs
are best when tailored to an individual's abilities,
"Initially, it might be better to have someone teach you how to exercise," Fletcher said. "Getting a trainer might be worth it, or getting someone to give you a personalized exercise program."
By Ed Edelson